Tilburg's Harley Days cancelled

28th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The mayor of Tilburg has cancelled the annual Harley Day in the city after recieving serious indications that he could not guarantee the safety of visitors.

No mention has been made about the content of the information, but it is thought that rival biker clubs may have been planning a confrontation in the southern Dutch city. The mayor Peter Noordanus has neither denied or confirmed this.

The organisation was informed of the decision on Saturday evening. The mayor says he deeply regrets having to take the decision.

A spokesperson for the Harley Day Foundation in Tilburg says they have been left with a huge problem. "The festiaval terrain is ready and we were told at 6.30 in the evening that the licence to hold the event has been withdrawn. Thousands of bikes who are not aware of the cancellation will come to Tilburg. The mayor has created a problem and we have to see how we solve it. It is a disaster."

Police have warned people not to come to the event and are posted on roads to the city to turn bikers away.

The Harley Day in Tilburg attracts around 2,000 people every year. Earlier this week the local council said it did not expect any problems.

Several biker events were cancelled last summer because of fears of clashes between the Hells Angels and Satudarah. Extra security measures are put in place in the southern town of Breda this weekend because of intimidatory behaviour by members of Satudarah in the city's night club areas.

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