Berlin has banned the logo of the California-based Hells Angels from its city, viewing aspects of it “as symbols of a criminal organization.”
The first Hells Angels charter was outlawed in Hamburg in 1983, but the move to ban the logo portends a broader push against the motorcycle club.
According to the Global Post, in April, a judge ruled that the logo is banned “throughout the country.”
Germany’s “Federal Criminal Police … allege that the loose-knit organization is involved in human trafficking for prostitution as well as dealing in drugs and guns.”
They also note that the Hells Angels and rival gang Bandidos have been engaged in a “rocker war” over the past five years. This war is “reportedly fought not only with chains and knives but also with guns and hand grenades” on Berlin’s streets.
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