Hells Angels motorbike club banned by the Netherlands

A Hells Angels biker

Dutch court bans Hells Angels, citing culture of violence

Dutch judges have banned the biker club Hells Angels and ordered all its chapters to close in the Netherlands as authorities pursue a clampdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs.

A spokesman for the national prosecutor's office said this was believed to be the first time a country had banned the Hells Angels. According to BBC, a court in the city of Utrecht reached this conclusion after being presented with evidence of violence and unlawful behavior.

Officially called Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC), the group is seen by the U.S. Department of Justice as a major threat to law and order.

"It's a club where there's a culture of lawlessness and the authorities are".

Founded as a motorcycle club in California in 1948, the Hells Angels are known for riding Harley-Davidson bikes, their denim-and-leather outfits, and their "outlaw" image. "They think other clubs should listen to them, resulting in long-lasting conflicts".

It referred to several violent clashes over the years with rival motor gangs, like the Bandidos.

In another incident the following year, Hells Angels members were involved in a massive brawl in the restaurant of a Rotterdam hotel - allegedly with members of another rival club - where shots were fired.

The court specifically referred to Hells Angels Holland and the global organisation to which it belonged. This gang claims to have military lineage, being born in the minds of former members of the 303rd Bombardment Group, also known as Hell's Angels.

The bikers join 41 others, who were being held since July 2018, after a group of attacked a rival club in a Lisbon suburb a year ago.

Utrecht District Court banned them on Wednesday saying they had killed rivals and racked up drugs and weapons offences. "This is about the inherent violence within the club".

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