The Hell’s Angels biker group is experiencing a flood of new applications
for membership, in particular for its support group AK81. The group normally
receives only few enquiries in its web-based guest book, but the past week
alone has seen 250 queries.
Seventy-five of those enquiring have asked to become members of the AK81
group, or to be invited to Hell’s Angels parties in order to gain
AK81 is a support group for the Hell’s Angels. The acronym stands for the
Danish words Altid Klar (Always Ready), while 81 are the alphabet numbers
for H and A.
The increase in membership enquiries comes in
connection with a showdown in recent weeks between immigrant groups and the
Hell’s Angels as well as shows of strength by Hell’s Angels members who have
walked the streets of Copenhagen and Århus en masse.
The Hell’s Angels home page has introduced a special AK81 page providing
direct mail to the group, thus preventing police from being able to track
A concerned police force has, however, registered
the flood of interest in being recruited to what is termed the Hell’s Angels
“We are worried that this is escalating and involving more and more people,”
says Deputy Chief Superintendant Jørgen Isalin of the National Investigation
“It’s all going very fast now and there is no doubt that more and more
people are joining. This is also happening on the other side too where large
numbers of anti-social youths are supporting criminal immigrant groups who
cause trouble in the streets and are provoking the Hell’s Angels,” he says.
HA no comment
Last month the conflict between the two groups
cost the life of a young man. Since then the showdown has become more open,
with shots being fired, hand grenades lobbed and marches in which the gangs
show their strength.
“First of all it was the other groups that bothered the Hell’s Angels. Then
they started AK81, and now they feel strong enough to arrive at parties,
pubs and techno parties to show off their insignia. That is something the
other groups won’t accept,” says Isalin.
It has not been possible to get a comment from the Hell’s Angels.