The motorcycle club ‘Hells Angels’ are now totally banned from the Netherlands

The motorcycle club Hells Angels are now banned in the Netherlands, a court in Utrecht has ruled. They say that Hells Angels are a criminal group and have a violent culture and this should and will be banned.

For the first time ever the motorcycle club ‘Hells Angels’ have been banned completely. According to NOS, the Netherlands is the first country to do this. In many other countries, the Hells Angels group are part-banned, but they are not banned entirely. The Public Prosecution Service said that ‘there is a culture of violence within the club that endangers society and the rule of law’ and the judge agreed, reports NOS.

The court feels that the Hells Angels are a threat to public order and that members see themselves as above the law. This will end from now on.

 

What/who are the Hells Angels?

The Hells Angels are one of the largest motorcycle gangs in the world and are found in many countries. They have been associated with violent and organised crime (such as trafficking and drug dealing). They are distinguishable by their military-style patches on their jackets and also ride Harley Davidson’s. Members of the Hell’s Angels are usually white males, which is allegedly one of the criteria in order to be a part of the club (something which they dispute). The Hells Angels have been active in the Netherlands for around 40 years.

Cover pic source: Flickr/David Jones

Influence in the Netherlands

According to NOS, there have been a number of incidents involving the Hells Angels. One of these is a huge dispute where shots were fired with The Mongols motorcycle club in a Van der Valk hotel in Rotterdam, back in 2016. A cafe (the base of Bandidos motorcycle club) was also burnt out in 2015, luckily family and children managed to escape onto the roof.

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Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.

2 COMMENTS

  1. They are not motorcycle clubs. They are Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs) they wear a small diamond shaped badge embroidered with “1%” which indicates the wearer is one of the one per cent of the population who live “outside the law”.

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