A court in the Netherlands has banned the Hells Angels MC because of a “Culture of violence.”

The court in the city of Utrecht ruled that the group was a danger to public order and the rule of law.

It referred to several violent clashes over the years with rival motor gangs, like the Bandidos.

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It is unclear whether the Hells Angels will appeal against the verdict. The group was founded in 1948, and now has thousands of members around the globe.


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In Wednesday’s ruling, the Utrecht court stated that “the violence is often so serious and causes so much social unrest that it can be considered in contravention of social order”.

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The court specifically referred to Hells Angels Holland and the global organisation to which it belonged.

The verdict makes the Netherlands the first country to outlaw the entire club – and not just some of its local branches, known as chapters.

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The Hells Angels club was founded in California. Its members around the world are known for favouring Harley-Davidson bikes and wearing denim and leather.

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