Harleys brave ban in Breda

21st August 2011, Comments 0 comments

About 150 to 200 Harley Davidson motorbike riders have turned up in the southern Dutch city of Breda. Earlier this year, the 23rd Harley Day scheduled to take place today in Breda was cancelled because of fears of trouble between the Dutch chapter of the Hells Angels and the rival Satudarah motor club.

The bikers have parked en masse in the city centre and have installed themselves in the terraces of nearby bars. The mood is described as pleasant by a police spokesperson. People in Breda say no members of the two rival bike clubs appear to have come to the city.

Last week, there were reports of members of Satudarah “intimidating” people around Breda’s nightclub district. Mayor Peter van der Velden imposed a ‘security risk’ order on the city centre area. This meant the police could stop and search people as a precautionary measure. Today, extra officers have been deployed in Breda and there is extra security camera coverage.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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