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Northern biker gangs banned amid deadly feud

DPA/The Local · 29 Apr 2010, 12:27

Published: 29 Apr 2010 12:27 GMT+02:00

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Interior Minister Klaus Schlie announced that the Flensburg chapter of the Hell’s Angels and the Neumünster chapter of the Bandidos were being banned on the grounds they were a threat to the constitutional order.

Some 300 police officers, including crack special forces commandos, raided 10 properties of gang members along with the club houses of the two chapters in Flensburg and Neumünster.

“The searches were for the purposes of investigation, seizure and recovery of the clubs’ property,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The two clubs had “the essential aim of setting up criminal mastery over a specific region and to enforce the claim to power against the other club with violence using weapons,” Schlie said.

“This isn’t about harmless motorcycle clubs whose members meet peacefully on the weekends,” he said.

The image of respectable, motorcycling fathers who simply liked to ride in their spare time was a “public relations myth of these clubs,” Schlie said.

Two clubs erupted into open warfare last year after the Bandidos tried to get a foothold in Germany’s northern-most state, where nine Hells Angels clubs and crews are located.

In June, police responded to a shooting at a house in Neumünster. Four shots were fired into the living room window but no one was hurt.

The clubs were to be dismantled without delay, Schlie added.

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“Any activity, or the formation of replacement organisations, is forbidden to them,” he said. “The clubs badges must no longer be used or displayed in public.”

However, he could not rule out further violence between the clubs’ members, despite the ban.

The Hells Angels were banned in Hamburg in 1986, but have continued to operate under different names, including ''Red-White,'' the club's colours, or ''Harbour City.''

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

13:37 April 29, 2010 by dbert4
Wow, now if that could only happen to Fox News!
00:14 April 30, 2010 by turbog
Dream on dbert4 - may be when Hitler is in power it will happen to Fox News - are you a closet Nazi supporter?
01:10 April 30, 2010 by wmm208
dbert4 is a Greek and soon to be Spain & Portugal supporter...Schade..
04:04 April 30, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen

Please go away. You haven't contributed one positive or even remotely factual thing to any discussion. On a personal note, I am sick of seeing your non-sense everywhere. I'm sure it's not news to you that you're not wanted. Please, just go away. We can read propaganda anywhere; we really don't need you to repeat it to us - over, and over, and over, and over.
08:49 April 30, 2010 by Prufrock2010
turbog --

If Hitler were in power Fox News would be his propaganda machine. In fact, it already is. Nothing says Nazi like Fox News.

Grenadier --

Asking peschvogel to go away only encourages him. He's like a six-year-old demanding attention. I suggest that we simply ignore him until the moderators finally get around to deleting all his posts again.
10:01 April 30, 2010 by Prufrock2010
If they are engaged in criminal activity, as the article suggests, they should be arrested and prosecuted. If they are not engaged in criminal activity, there is no justification for raiding and shutting down their "clubhouses" and arbitrarily banning their apparel. That was a point I was rather inartfully attempting to make.
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