Bikies’ protest invite

Hundreds of motorcyclists to unite, opposed to new police laws

ABOUT 200 bikie gang members are expected to converge on Wangaratta in three weeks to protest against tough new police laws.

ABOUT 200 bikie gang members are expected to converge on Wangaratta in three weeks to protest against tough new police laws.

The Tramps Motorcycle Club is hosting the event on the evening of May 11 and solicitor, John Suta, said most major motorcycle clubs in Victoria including the Hells Angels, Satans Soldiers, Immortals, Iron Horsemen and Red Devils motorcycle clubs have been invited into Wangaratta to help them make their point.

“We think they’d come up from Melbourne in busloads,” he said.

“We’d like 200 plus.”

Many are expected to ride up to Wangaratta on their motorcycles and have been invited to camp at the Tramps headquarters.

Victoria Police stripped the firearms and licences from nine Tramps members during raids by the Echo Taskforce in August last year after the club was classed as an ‘outlaw’ club.

Tramps maintains it is a lawful club and is appealing the status, but police are yet to respond to formal appeals.

“Since then I’ve written three or four very calm, polite letters,” Mr Suta said.

“It’s time to put politeness behind me.”

The protest is also against the Criminal Organisations Control Bill 2012, which was introduced into Victorian law as a way of disrupting the activities of organisations involved in serious criminal activity, and their associates.

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