The city of Frankfurt has banned two chapters of the Hells Angels motorcycle club and confiscated their assets, according to Reuters. The city pointed to a history of offenses as the reason behind the move, saying that many members are known to authorities to have violent, drug- or weapon-related offenses on their records. In fact, Germany's federal criminal office recently released a report saying that one in every 10 investigations into organized crime had revealed ties to a motorcycle club. Germany's interior ministry says that it has the authority to ban clubs if their activities break the law.

While the Hells Angels were originally formed in California nearly 60 years ago, the club has been active in Germany since 1970. The group has chapters all around the world.

Boris Rhine, Germany's state interior minister, said that authorities are closely monitoring other motorcycle clubs in the area, and that his department has a zero-tolerance policy towards violence.


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      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      In other words, German authorities cracked down on a criminal organization members of which happened to drive bikes. Big Deal. Who cares about Hell's Angels anyway. There are two MC clubs in the town I went to the university in. One were the normal guys enjoying driving and fiddling with their bikes, the other was a Hell's Angels chapter... They were not exactly criminals, too moronic for that, but generally not a kind of people one'd like to have a beer with. Basically, a bunch of nobodies indulging in a caricature-like pretentious self-importance.
      bleexeo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just change the name of the club in Germany and carry on.
      Kevin Taddeo
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's next banning all black people, and Mexicans from America? I mean really? Just because they are linked to 80% (fictitious number) of all crimes... we should ban them right? NOTE: This is a factious comment.... to show the ridiculousness of blaming a whole entity for a few's mistakes.
        alphalimaindigo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin Taddeo
        Black people and Mexicans do not choose to be Black or Mexican, and nothing says that because they are of said race, they have do what some people of the same race do. Whereas Hells Angels are a motorcycle gang that continuously breaks the law, and generally lowers the quality of society through their unlawfulness.
          Noz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @alphalimaindigo
          No they don't choose to be Black or Mexican...but like everyone else...they choose how they behave....
        Brendo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin Taddeo
        inorite? I joined Al qaeda because I wanted to associate with terrorists, act like a terrorist and for people to think I was a terrorist, but I should suffer no negative repercussions for these choices. Just because a few members of Al qaeda were bad apples doesn't mean the rest of us can't enjoy the cred.
        SheldonRoss
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin Taddeo
        Won't get far with that argument here Kevin. I tried to point out how unjust this was, but was clobbered by a bunch of autobloggers who apparently believe its ok to judge first and ask questions later. Heaven forbid we actually try people for crimes, rather than just assuming they're guilty and stealing their property.
        EnzoHonda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin Taddeo
        The Hell's Angels are a criminal organization. They have zero similarities to any ethnic group (your example was ridiculous) and make their money by selling drugs. They sell drugs by ensuring that others can't. Places like Montreal, Vancouver, and Winnipeg (to give a Canadian example) have been war-zones for a long time now. Winnipeg had several fire-bombings this year, and in the summer Vancouver had a brazen hit in public in broad daylight. To use an example that you might actually understand, it was like something you would expect would happen in Juarez, Mexico. They are not a "club;" they are gangsters and should not be welcomed in any community.
        MarcCBR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin Taddeo
        Very stupid comment. Your comparing races to a criminal organization. What are you racist or something?
          Kevin Taddeo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MarcCBR
          your ignorant. My best friends are Hispanic, and half my family is black..(NO JOKE) Read the POINT, NOT the words. oh, and P.s. go back to school and study sarcasm.
      SheldonRoss
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought Germany had gotten away from seizing assets and denying rights... Gotta be careful here, don't want to invoke Godwins law, but this sounds a little ... draconian.
        Matt Brown
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SheldonRoss
        Goodwin's law in two replies! Hooray for the internet!
        ChrisTT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SheldonRoss
        Not at all. If I had anything to say about it all Bandidos, Hells Angels, Outlaws and what not would have been banned yesterday. Criminals aren't allowed to organize in registered clubs in Germany. And that is how it should be...
          Making11s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ChrisTT
          Sheldon, this is a group that has been committing crimes at home and abroad for something like 50 years. There is no good excuse to get a case of slippery slope madness. This is most like the gang injunctions we use effectively in this country.
          SheldonRoss
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ChrisTT
          Lol , "Criminals aren't allowed to organize." It's people like you and those upvoting you that make me glad we still have a somewhat functioning court system in the US. If these they were all tried and found guilty by a court of law, then yes their assets could be seized. But an executive order disenfranchising a group of people based on the presumption of guilt. ... that's tyrannical. "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me."
        sudo_do
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SheldonRoss
        Germany has decided to ban a motorcycle club that causes a lot of unacceptable crime in a democratic society. Alluding that this in any way, shape or form is comparable to nazi Germany is childlike at best and insulting at worst.
          whofan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sudo_do
          Current laws are based on past experience. Germany history weighs heavy on how they handle things today. The Nazi party started out as a violent political gang. It`s not childish to compare the two, its fact. The aspirations of the Hell`s Angles Is not the same but under lying foundations of a gang any gang is the same. The Why is because of the past.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Devonblue4u
      • 3 Years Ago
      drugs as a business in British Columbia top 7 Billion dollars. Guess how runs the bulk of those deals? H.A.'s my friend. A lot of kids up here drive better cars than their parents, selling to their peers and parents alike. Sorry, but if the law enforcement & the courts can't spare our children, government has to.
        R Dollar Van Dell II
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Devonblue4u
        Law enforcement and the courts ARE the government.
          Devonblue4u
          • 3 Years Ago
          @R Dollar Van Dell II
          Governments make laws, police enforce laws and courts interpret them. I typed that as slow as I could so you could follow along, Van.
      MarcCBR
      • 3 Years Ago
      No diffrent then us hunting down Taliban in Afganistan. If there breaking the law they shouldn't exist.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MarcCBR
        Erm, no. It's different in every respect.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MarcCBR
        Who's laws? Let's not forget it was Saudis (our "allies") that were the majority of the hijackers, and then we invaded Afghanistan? Oh yeah, then we went into Iraq to get rid of all those WMDs...oh, wait. Stop believing EVERYTHING you see on Fox News and CNN, and realize what happened. If 18 people from Mexico attacked Russia would you want Russia invading us just for the hell of it? I would hope to God people would stand up and fight in that situation, just like the "Taliban" has in Afghanistan and Iraq when we invaded their countries over lies.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          So you are saying we should have attacked Saudi Arabia? It was Afghanistan that was harboring Al Quaeda, not Saudi Arabia. The objective there was to go after terrorists, not any particular country. Somewhat off topic, but I thought I would just clear that up.
        The Law
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MarcCBR
        Couldn't agree more.
      larshafner
      • 3 Years Ago
      actually many of the club members haven`t even got a driver´s licence for motorcycles. it´s a bunch of criminals, i hope they get banned all over germany.
      Russell Ford
      • 3 Years Ago
      Enter Nazi joke here (and for the first time it's actually relevant)
      50merc
      • 3 Years Ago
      I say the sons of anarchy could kick everybodys ass!!! ftw hahahaha
      Matt Off White
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow I didn't know the hell's angles were active anywhere outside of the US.
      stevefazek
      • 3 Years Ago
      eh screw them they are all a bunch of violent drug dealing methheads
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