The rock group Hells Angels protested in Berlin with a motorbike demonstration against the prohibition of their association badges.
About 200 participants drove from Biesdorf in the east of Berlin to Alexanderplatz in Mitte, where they returned to Biesdorf.
The police, according to a spokesman, initially controlled several motorcycles, and also ensured some.
Most bikers were mostly dressed in black – without recognizable badges. Some wore jackets with inscriptions and logos on their backs, such as the rock group “Blood Red Section MC”. According to the characteristics, participants came from all over Germany.
The protest under the motto “Freedom is our religion” was directed against the prohibition of wearing dresses with the badge of the Hells Angels – a winged skull.
According to a law which has been in force since spring, the Hells Angels are no longer allowed to show their club badges in public. The reason for the regulation was that associations, especially in the area of criminal rock groupings, a “cover coat for various forms of serious and organized crime”, it is said. The Hells Angels want to prepare a constitutional complaint according to their own data.
In Germany, the Hells Angels were always banned. In the focus of the investigators the Hells Angels always stand mainly because of drug addicts and criminal activities in the doorman and red light milieu. (AP)