Judges ban Hells Angels from the Netherlands
Judges in the Netherlands have banned the biker club Hells Angels and ordered that its chapters be closed as authorities crack down on motorcycle gangs.
It is the first ban for the club, which operates 470 chapters in 56 countries, The Guardian reports.
“The Hells Angels is a danger to the public order,” a Utrecht court ruled.
One of the reasons it imposed the ban was because it was “a one-percenter club, a club of outlaws”.
In 2017, the same court banned the Hells Angels’ rivals, the Bandidos.
And last year Dutch judges also banned Satudarah, a domestic club, saying it had been involved in criminal activity for a number of years “including violence against other motorcycle clubs, manufacturing and trafficking of narcotics, illegal possession of weapons, and extortion”.
It added: “The Hells Angels’ profile is that of the largest and most powerful motorbike club. They believe other clubs should listen to them and that leads to long-running conflicts.”