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This Country Is First to Completely Ban Hells Angels

Netherlands prosecutors have been trying for more than a decade to get rid of the biker gang
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2019 9:45 AM CDT
Hells Angels members and supporters arrive for a funeral of a chapter boss in Giessen, Germany, on Oct. 12, 2016.   (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

(Newser) – You probably won't see as many Harleys cruising around Holland anymore. The BBC reports that a court in the city of Utrecht has banned all Hells Angels, not just its local chapters, declaring in its Wednesday ruling that the violence brought about by the bikers "is often so serious and causes so much social unrest that it can be considered in contravention of social order." The court cited the Angels' tiffs with rival bike gangs as underlying much of the trouble, and the decision makes the Netherlands the first nation to outlaw the group. This is the third biker gang to be banned by the Netherlands since 2017, per Deutsche Welle, which adds that Dutch prosecutors have been trying to ban the Hells Angels for more than 10 years. Lawyers for the group say they'll be appealing the decision. (Read more Hells Angels stories.)

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