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Warring bikers decide to play nice

The Local · 25 May 2010, 11:20

Published: 25 May 2010 11:20 GMT+02:00

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Negotiators for both gangs reached a deal on Monday in a prominent Hannover lawyer’s office, and will publicly seal the agreement with a handshake and a press conference on Wednesday, according to news magazine Der Spiegel.

The pact comes just a few weeks after Schleswig-Holstein became the most recent state to outlaw specific chapters of the groups, calling them a threat to constitutional order.

Further bans are up for discussion at a conference of state interior ministers planned for Thursday and Friday in Hamburg, where The Hells Angels were banned in 1986, but have continue to operate under different names.

The new peace agreement applies to all gang members, and violations will be handled internally, Der Spiegel reported.

The violent conflict between the rival groups has made nationwide headlines in recent months. German authorities cracked on both gangs with a series of raids, confiscating illegal weapons, drugs, counterfeit money, stolen motorcycle parts and other contraband. There were also shootings, including the murder of a police officer on March 17, 2010.

According to Der Spiegel, the groups are tired of the attention.

“We have no desire to be portrayed as criminals any longer,” a Bandidos member identified as Mischa told the magazine. “It must end.”

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An unnamed criminologist who specialises in biker gang activity told the magazine that the peace deal is an attempt at creating a new image for the groups.

“The bikers seem to have recognised that the continued conflict threatened them and offered ever fewer opportunities to earn money,” he said.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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17:07 May 25, 2010 by johnnywtf
1%ers should stick together, stand together,battle together side by side against our true enemies FTW
17:18 May 25, 2010 by Zlik
"have forged a truce" That sounds like a good thing. Officials.
17:30 May 25, 2010 by Frenemy
Score one for the "machine" (aka the LAW, big brother, etc). When push comes to shove, the bikers are not nearly as hardcore as we (the gov't) are. Oh yeah, and our weapons happen to be more bad-ass than a few boys decked out in leather packing a chain and a Saturday night special ;-)

This is a perfect case example of government intimidation being brought to bear...

(threats work)
18:45 May 25, 2010 by johnnywtf
speaking to frenemy aka the law theres a line of reality that runs between law and outlaw. the line of outlaw is truth in what we are, not hidden or disguised. your weak and for the most part corrupt [machine] is not true to its people, and as the times now show is the real stain on its so called citizens ftl ftp FTW
19:47 May 25, 2010 by William Thirteen
now everyone is happy. the bikers can go back to their profitable criminal enterprises and the cops can go back to eating doughnuts!
21:10 May 25, 2010 by Frenemy

I spend the majority of my personal and professional life walking that very fine line.

(the difference between cop and criminal = one bad decision...)

I'm not "the law", in fact, I make a living by breaking it (sanctioned by the gov't of course) ;-)
22:37 May 25, 2010 by johnnywtf
mark twain once wrote if you want to see the dregs of society, go to the prisons and watch the changing of the guards. from your last statement you would be my definition of a criminal of the lowest of low. you boast of breaking the laws that if you really are what you say you are, you once swore to protect. pond scum comes to mind.
23:27 May 25, 2010 by Frenemy

I'm not a cop dude! (and never was)...I'm sorry you're having such a hard time figuring out what type (spooky) animal I actually am. Furthermore, I kind of take offense to being described as the "the lowest of the low"...

In fact, in the Americans have a place (in Virginia) that has a nice way of honoring dead "pond scum" like me: namely by placing anonymous stars on a wall...

Cheers! ;-)
01:03 May 26, 2010 by Prufrock2010
And just how do these criminal enterprises "earn money?"

Frenemy --

I've never known a spook to out himself while still active, so I regard your not-so-subtle job description with a bit of skepticism. With all due respect, of course.
03:50 May 26, 2010 by johnnywtf
to frenemy, first of all i haven't given a second of thought to what kind of spooky animal you might think you are. second of all, i am usa reaL, BORN AND RAISED. you have no clue as to who or what i am. if you were what you're portraying you would not be portraying yourself as so. my family has local law federal law armed services, ever been to bosnia bitch? i've been there once or seven times. i've said enough, actually too much. i am what i am. proud 1%er outlaw. you are what you are, nothing, anything, no one to me and mine
06:31 May 26, 2010 by Frenemy

Maybe I'm just that confident in doing what I do (deception).

I've taken all the appropriate precautions. And if I can safely hide from FBI-cyber div and NSA's keyword search (to say nothing of SIS, BND, and all the Russian off-shoot intel orgs..), I'm certainly not worried about "outing" myself on thelocal.de/se...

(then again, pride always does come before the fall doesn't it?)

[know what I mean jelly bean? ;-) ]


01:58 May 27, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Pride does have a way to interfere with plans, to be sure.
15:43 May 27, 2010 by CrazyTexan
Bandidos - Truce - This is not real. People in Bandera are rolling over in disgust.

Frenemy, please quiet your ramblings. You're embarrassing yourself.
16:02 May 27, 2010 by Frenemy
"crazy texan"? yep, the name says it all ;-)
00:04 May 28, 2010 by Prufrock2010
All hat and no horse.
03:50 May 28, 2010 by Frenemy
yeeeee-hawwww ;-)
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