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On August 11, , police officers stormed the clubhouse "Angels Place" in the red-light district Sternschanze and arrested the leaders of the Hells Angels of Hamburg.
In , thirteen members were sentenced between 6 months to 7 years in prison and the Hamburg charter and its symbols were banned.
Some women were forced into prostitution with brutal violence. Meanwhile, Butcher fled to Brazil because the Hells Angels had set a bounty on him.
German investigators tracked him to South America and persuaded him to give evidence. On November 1, , police officers moved to a major raid and arrested the new leadership of the association.
In Germany, Sweden and Poland 17 suspects were arrested and more than 50 kilograms of narcotics were seized.
The witnesses are now living under police protection because they fear for their lives. Helmut "Miko" M. Previously, in December , a bomb attack perpetrated on him failed due to an intermittent contact in the explosive device.
Background of the crime were disputes over open money claims in the red-light district. In March , a group of Hells Angels raided a Bandidos clubhouse in Stuhr where they assaulted and robbed five Bandidos members.
Three were given jail sentences and another eleven were handed down suspended sentences at the trial which took place in Hannover on December 16, On May 27, , five Hells Angels members attacked, robbed and injured one Bandidos member in Hohenschönhausen , Berlin.
Nineteen police vehicles were in use and shots were made. A witness filmed the scene. All people involved including the Hells Angels, Bandidos and the witness were silent in court.
Sources say there are two high ranking Hells Angels members involved in the conflict. On June 11, , Heino B. Reports say they drove to his Harley-Davidson shop and shot him there on May 23, After the first day of a related lawsuit on December 17, , riots between the two gangs and the police were reported.
Five private apartments and the clubhouse "Angels Place" in Bremen were searched. Police reports say the BKA-Bremen seized firearms, baseball bats, knifes and illegal drugs.
Police reports also say five Hells Angels members are on the run. On July 17, , [ 89 ] 34 persons of a group of 50 were arrested in Oranienburg street in Berlin Mitte.
Sources say the persons are supporters of the Hells Angels and bouncers and hooligans in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern scene.
Other sources say the persons are members of the "Brigade 81", a murderous group of the Hells Angels. One of the hooligans now ex-hooligan and vice-president of the Potsdam Hells Angels [ 90 ] was a famous and dangerous fighter, who had beaten the French police officer David Nivel into coma in Today, he is disabled, incapacitated and has difficulty in speaking and expressing himself.
The police seized white masks, knuckle dusters, telescopic batons, quartz-sand-gloves and illegal drugs. It's about the staking of areas and the protection of illegal sources of income, a police statement said.
Later in , Bandidos members attacked a Hells Angels member in Berlin [ 92 ] and shots were fired at an Hells Angels member in the city of Cottbus.
During the brutal conflict a Hells Angels member and tattooist from Neumünster was seriously injured with a knife.
On December 6, , Rayk F. The perpetrators were members of the Chicanos, a support group of the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
In February , the Hells Angels published a statement about the mass brawl in Kiel. The statement said, the rocker club distances itself from contacts to the right-wing scene.
The attempt to draw the club in the right-wing haze is a personal insult for every member, the Hells Angels indicate. One comes from Israel , one from Palestine , one even from Surinam.
And we are xenophobic? On June 5, , the clubhouse of the Chicanos was completely destroyed from inside. Several members of the Chicanos suffered skull fractures and elbow fractures.
The attackers belong to the notorious "Brigade 81". Reports say the object was a homemade bomb and the car belongs to Rene H. Police reports say the greatest rocker gangs in the world wage a fierce battle for East Germany.
The region serves as a strategically important springboard in prosperous countries such as Poland , Czech Republic , the Baltic states and Russia.
Countries, where people disappear every day. In August , a leading member of the Berlin Bandidos was stabbed and shot to death in Hohenschönhausen, Berlin.
A news channel claimed, the year-old Michael B. Police reports say there is a continuing war over territorial claims between the Bandidos and the Hells Angels.
On the night of October 31 to November 1, , it came to a confrontation between members of opposing groups. The clubhouse of the Bandidos in Duisburg was attacked and damaged from the outside, in Solingen shots were fired at the residence of some members of the Midland charter, a hand grenade was thrown against the building but did not explode and was later blown up by the police.
Also in October , at the opening ceremony of a new Hells Angels pub in Potsdam , 70 police officers controlled persons, 39 vehicles and arrested one member, who was a fugitive, of the Hells Angels group "Nomads.
Two baseball bats and a banned one-handed knife was also found. Since December 22, , two members of the Hells Angels are standing trial in Kaiserslautern.
They are accused, along with another Hells Angels member who is a fugitive, having murdered the year-old [ ] President of the chapters of the Donnersberg Outlaws MC in June Also in December , a year-old member of the Hells Angels was stabbed and critically injured in Erfurt.
After an emergency surgery the victim was out of danger. The rocker was stabbed in the parking lot of a motorcycle business.
Shortly after the attack, the police arrested four suspects in Weimar, including two members of the Jena Bandidos. The year-old, Stefan R. He has hit a Bandidos member with his car on the A7 , reports say.
The year-old Bandidos member was heavily injured and is fighting for his life. Investigators searched for additional evidence in connection with the discovery of a weapons depot in a car repair shop in Flensburg.
In November , police had discovered explosives, five machine guns, ten shotguns and pump guns, revolvers and pistols and lots of ammunition.
Since January 10, , six members of the Weimar Bandidos are standing trial in Erfurt. The 29 to year-olds are accused of forming a criminal organization and attempted murder.
Reports say the Bandidos are striving for supremacy in the bouncer, tattoo and red-light scene. On February 19, , a year-old member of the Flensburg Hells Angels was attacked by supporters of the Bandidos and seriously injured with an iron bar.
His car had to be towed away. Since February 23, , a year-old female decoy of the Hells Angels is standing trial in Neumünster. They wanted to go out with a bang and that they did… but not a good one.
The Rolling Stones decided they would organize a free concert, but little thought went into any details other than the talent. Their hope was that the festival would be as successful as Woodstock -- or even more successful.
It was a stellar lineup that drew an enormous crowd. Enter the Hells Angels. The Rolling Stones Source: mrebks.
Unfortunately, the Altamont Music Festival will not go down in history as being as successful as the Rolling Stones had hoped. This free music festival sadly claimed the lives of four people.
Two died in a hit-and-run car accident, and another concert-goer drowned while under the influence of LSD. But the most famous fatality, and one that directly resulted from the event's chaos, was that of Meredith Curly Hunter, Jr.
Violence at Altamont. Source thedailybeast. With so much chaos at Altamont, we may never know the finer details of the arrangements made between the Hells Angels and the organizers.
Hells Angels members would later claim that "security" was an overstatement, and they had merely been asked, in a vague way, to help out.
As a means of blocking performers from the crowd, gang members lined their motorcycles up in front of the stage. If anyone got too close to the performers, that also meant they were too close for comfort to the Hells Angels' bikes.
According to The NL Times , prosecutors there tried in , but at that time, the Supreme Court ruled there was insufficient evidence that the club was a criminal organization.
Any global brand needs a presence in Manhattan to be taken seriously — that's why every luxury label in the universe has a store on Fifth Avenue.
The Hells Angels are, above all else these days, a brand, so their iconic clubhouse at 77 E. Third Street in New York City was an essential part of their marketing and identity.
Purchased in , the Clubhouse has been a controversial part of the neighborhood for years, with some residents regarding the Angels as a colorful part of the authentic New York experience and others despising the bikers for the way they illegally hogged parking spots and intimidated anyone who complained.
The authorities also put a lot of energy into trying to shut down the Clubhouse None of those strategies worked, but the Club's sudden departure in after 50 years of tough resistance is symbolic of their decline.
How the Hells Angels became an international criminal organization is a real chicken-and-egg question. While there's no doubt that the club's activities were pretty sketchy from the very beginning, in the early years, this was mainly small-time stuff pursued by individual members.
The structure of the Hells Angels is a confederacy of individual chapters — they're all under the umbrella of the Hells Angels, but they're independent, at least in theory, so even if one chapter was engaged in criminal activity, it couldn't be blamed on the entire organization.
But in , several Angels were accused of a gang rape in California. Lynch, who launched a six-month investigation into the Angels. As writer Arthur Veno notes, the report he released, eventually known as the Lynch Report, was instrumental in changing the public's perception of the Angels from rough-but-noble outsiders to ominous criminals, despite the fact that many journalists most notably Hunter S.
Thompson, who spent a year following the Angels around challenged the report's accuracy. The characterization stuck, and after , the Angels found it harder and harder to shake their image as thugs and criminals.
Today, Hunter S. Thompson is a legendary writer , but in , he was a little-known journalist looking for something to springboard him into success.
After the Lynch Report made the club controversial, Thompson pitched a story on them to one of his editors. That pitch turned into Thompson hanging out with the Hells Angels for a year, riding with them and befriending many of them, and resulted in the book Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs , published in That book put Hunter S.
But by December 4, the plans had broken down, in Paul Kantner 's account, because the city and police departments were unhelpful; innate conflict between the hippies of Haight-Ashbury and the police was manifested in obstructiveness.
Jefferson Airplane flew out of Miami on December 5. Kantner said the location was taken in a spirit of desperation: "There was no way to control it, no supervision or order.
Something was very peculiar, not particularly bad, just real peculiar. It was that kind of hazy, abrasive and unsure day.
I had expected the loving vibes of Woodstock but that wasn't coming at me. This was a whole different thing. During the Rolling Stones' U.
In answer to this criticism, the Rolling Stones decided to end their tour with a free concert in San Francisco.
The concert was originally scheduled to be held at San Jose State University 's practice field, as there had recently been a three-day outdoor free festival there with 52 bands and 80, attendees.
Dirt Cheap Productions was asked to help secure the property again for the Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead to play a free concert.
The Stones and the Dead were told the city of San Jose was not in the mood for another large concert and the grounds were out of bounds.
Golden Gate Park in San Francisco was next on the list. However, a previously scheduled Chicago Bears — San Francisco 49ers football game at Kezar Stadium , located in Golden Gate Park, made that venue impractical, and permits were never issued for the concert.
The venue was then changed to the Sears Point Raceway. However, a dispute with Sears Point's owner, Filmways, Inc. The Altamont Raceway was chosen at the suggestion of its then-owner, local businessman Dick Carter.
The concert was to take place on Saturday, December 6; the location was switched on the night of Thursday, December 4. In making preparations, Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully and concert organizer Michael Lang helicoptered over the site before making the selection, much as Lang had done when the Woodstock Festival was moved at the last moment from Wallkill, New York , to Bethel, New York.
The hasty move resulted in numerous logistical problems, including a lack of facilities such as portable toilets and medical tents.
The move also created a problem for the stage design; instead of being on top of a rise, which characterized the geography at Sears Point, at Altamont the stage would now be at the bottom of a slope.
The Rolling Stones' stage manager on the tour, Chip Monck , explained that "the stage was one metre high — 39 inches for us — and [at Sears Point] it was on the top of a hill, so all the audience pressure was back upon them".
You could probably have put another stage below it Because the stage was so low, members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, led by Oakland chapter head Ralph "Sonny" Barger , were asked to surround the stage to provide security.
This story has been denied by some parties who were directly involved. But there was no way 'They're going to be the police force' or anything like that.
That's all bollocks. Hells Angels member Bill "Sweet William" Fritsch recalled this exchange he had with Cutler at a meeting prior to the concert, in which Cutler had asked them to provide security:.
We don't police things. We're not a security force. We go to concerts to enjoy ourselves and have fun. When Cutler asked how they would like to be paid, William replied, "We like beer.
I was talking with them, because I was interested in the security of my band—everyone's security, for that matter. In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
They were the only people who were strong and together. Who was going to stop it? There was no barrier. Stefan Ponek , who hosted a December 7, KSAN -FM radio broadcast of a four-hour, "day after" post-concert telephone call-in forum and who also helped organize the event , provided the following for the release of the Gimme Shelter DVD:.
That was the understanding, that was the deal. And it seemed like there was not a lot of disagreement over that; that seemed to emerge as a fact, because it became rather apparent that the Stones didn't know what kind of people they were dealing with.
I ain't no cop, I ain't never going to ever pretend to be no cop. I didn't go there to police nothing, man. They told me if I could sit on the edge of the stage so nobody could climb over me, I could drink beer until the show was over.
And that's what I went there to do. A woman who called in to the program revealed that she had seen at least five fist fights from her vantage point near the stage and that the Angels were involved in all of them.
She also described a general uncaring attitude toward people who clearly needed help; a girl who was dragged across the stage by her hair, another who was on a bad acid trip and bystanders kicked and walked on her.
She said she felt having the Angels as "security" was an irresponsible move because "we were all in terror of them". When she tried to speak about this at the concert, she was warned to be quiet by the people around her, for fear of being beaten.