Mediation in the conflict between Hells Angels bikers and young ethnic
minority groups seems to have succeeded for the first time.
While shots are still heard in Copenhagen at regular intervals everything
seems quiet in the Amager area.
The relative peace comes following mediation in September between HA bikers
and members of their support group AK 81 on the one hand and a group of
ethnic minority youths from the Holmbladsgade neighbourhood on the other.
Agreed to halt shootings
The meeting came about as a result of an initiative from a full HA member
who contacted local social worker Henrik Vang Nielsen in connection with a
series of episodes involving the two sides and which risked escalating into
a more serious conflict.
“He contacted me to see if we could arrange something. Since then I have
heard that they held a meeting in which they agreed to stop the shootings,”
Vang Nielsen said.
Bikers in Amager
After 19-year old Osman Nuri Dogan was shot
and killed in Tingbjerg on August 14, the conflict between the ethnic
minority groups and the Hells Angels has resulted in several shooting
episodes in Copenhagen, Århus and Odense. Since August 1 the Copenhagen
Police has recorded nearly 30 public shooting episodes but only two episodes
“I think the HAs were content to contain the conflict to one area instead of
having it also spread to Amager,” says Vang Nielsen.
Detective Constable Steffen Pedersen says there are several high-ranking HA
members who live or have a history in Amager. “You can imagine that the HAs
were not interested in shootings in their own back yard,” he says.