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Berlin considers banning Hells Angels

The Local · 11 Oct 2011, 08:39

Published: 11 Oct 2011 08:39 GMT+02:00

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Green party domestic policy spokesman Benedikt Lux told Tuesday’s edition of the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper that banning the Hells Angels would make sense in Berlin. “But this should be a water-tight ban that can withstand any appeals,” he said.

Lux’s counterpart in the socialist Left party Marion Seelig agreed, adding, “Just as important as banning this group is destroying the networks that it uses.”

Thomas Kleineidam and Peter Trapp, spokesmen for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) respectively, also spoke out in favour of a ban on the club, which is thought to be involved in drug trafficking and violent crime.

The Berlin police have raided several Hells Angels clubhouses in recent years, while one Hells Angel in Rhineland Palatinate was jailed earlier this year for killing a policeman.

Berlin would be the second German state to pass such a ban. The state of Hesse shut down two branches of the group in September.

The Hells Angels have previously threatened to fight bans at the European Court of Justice.

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Your comments about this article

09:31 October 11, 2011 by MonkeyMania
Confiscate their bikes and make them use S-Bahns all winter. That'll learn em!
09:36 October 11, 2011 by auniquecorn
H€LL, might as well ban all islamist too.
09:52 October 11, 2011 by Johnne
Are you kidding me!? they can ban HA but won´t ban the NPD?
09:54 October 11, 2011 by raandy
Why not? They are all wanna bee's anway
10:41 October 11, 2011 by twisted
they just come back and "81 Supporters"....they don't go away.
14:31 October 11, 2011 by hartman81
I really don't see how this law could be enforced, the club will just be driven underground. It was the same a few years ago when HA couldn't wear their colours in public, the club still existed but nobody saw 'em!........
15:47 October 11, 2011 by ChrisRea
What exactly are the illegal activities run by Hells Angels in Berlin?
19:30 October 11, 2011 by Englishted

They may not do anything illegal but they do have long hair isn't that enough?
12:20 October 12, 2011 by bungabunga
People I disagree with should be banned.
17:54 October 13, 2011 by elanchen
hey bungabunga do are funny!!:))
18:56 October 14, 2011 by Drewsky
I'm a Californian; this group started in Oakland. Forcing these guys underground is a bad idea. Better to have them out in the open. As to their illegal activities, let's start with murder, mayhem and large scale narcotics. They're not the romantic Harley riding bunch that the media has portrayed through the years. I think the German police have that part right ...
13:41 October 15, 2011 by wenddiver
Hells Angels wearing hemets? More Poser than 1%er.
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