Outlaw bikies make a stand at Kings Cross
May 6, 2012 - 3:18PM
You hear them before they arrive. The roar of 30 Harley Davidsons vibrating through a frenetic Saturday night at Kings Cross.
Lock up your daughters, run for cover, the bad dudes have arrived, the 'one per centers', the so-called meanest, toughest outlaws in town.
But when various Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs arrived last night to make their presence felt - no one ran, if anything they were swamped by admirers.
Girls in mini skirts jumped on their bikes, posing provocatively for photos. Men hovered with cautious interest, curiously pointing at the bikes and the bikies' worn leather jackets dotted with an array of badges and colours depicting who, what, where and how.
Zac, a Comanchero, said the United Motorcycle Council, which comprises the state's major OMCGs, wanted to show bikies are still allowed to come into Kings Cross despite Premier Barry O'Farrell announcing blanket bans on them wearing gang colours and emblems in Kings Cross clubs, pubs and restaurants.
"We are here, to show the public and media, that it is still a safe place with us here,'' Zac said.
''It's the media, government, the police pumping it out making us look like the bad people. We are just like everyone else, we got a wife and kids waiting for us. Jobs. Responsibilities. We just ride our bikes and that's it,'' he said.
''People are not intimidated by us, they love us, look at everyone. They just want to take photos with us. Everyone is happy, gives them something to talk about,'' he said.
Mr O'Farrell's move on the bikies, which includes banning bikies running tattoo parlours and a raft of legislative changes to the Crimes Act, was in response to a spate of tit-for-tat shootings that included an attack on a house rented by former Nomad president Sam Ibrahim.
In response, police set-up strike force Kinnarra to investigate the feud between Hells Angels and Nomad members or associates.
The UMC's response was a publicity drive.
Last night's effort started with a convoy from Liverpool into Kings Cross where, amid a heavy police presence, they parked on Bayswater Road across the road from the Trade Mark hotel, run by Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, Sam's young brother.
Tensions flared in February when 50 Hells Angels ended up in a brawl with police after they tried to force their way into the Trade Mark hotel, seen by many as a play to take control of the lucrative and symbolic Kings Cross entertainment precinct.
But despite the UMC's niceties of peace and goodwill there was a noticeable change in the group's demeanour when John Ibrahim, and entourage including 'Tongan Sam', arrived at around midnight and stood outside the hotel for an hour or so.
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Hells Angels members also wanted to dismiss police theories that defector Wissam 'Wiz' Amer, now associating with his cousin John Ibrahim, was a cause for recent shootings.
''Who cares about him,'' one said. ''If people were really after him, it would have been over a long time ago,'' another member said.
The Hells Angels have also kicked out former president Derek Wainohu and several others for their involvement in the fatal bashing of bikie associate Anthony Zervas during a vicious brawl with rival Comancheros at Sydney airport in 2009.
The club also distances itself from former Nomads president Scott Orrock, currently on bail for allegedly setting a police paddy wagon on fire outside his Newtown tattoo parlour.
''In 2009 Scott was a prospective member for about a week or so and that came to an end very quickly,'' a member said.
The other issue the Hell Angels wanted to clear up was ''all the nonsense printed about a $2 million patchover'' of Nomads to their club, which has been seen as another element to recent shootings.
''Mate, we just don't have that sort of money,'' he said.
Bikies show their colours in the Cross
Bikies have ridden into Sydney's Kings Cross to protest against laws that bar members of outlaw motorcycle gangs from wearing their colours at some venues in the entertainment district.
With revellers and police watching on, about 20 bikies rode along Darlinghurst Road into the Cross late last night.
Under a new laws, members of 23 bikie gangs are not allowed to wear their colours at 58 different pubs, clubs and restaurants in the Cross.
The New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell announced the ban last month as part of a crackdown on bikie-related crime.
A member of the Commancheros, says clubs have been unfairly targeted by the State Government's laws.
"We just want to show our presence, that we are allowed in the Cross, and we just like normal people, we all got family and kids and just come here to have fun, and that's it," he said.
The Brotherhood Christian Motorcycle Club's Greg Hirst says the laws affect many people who have no involvement in criminal activity.
"There has been a lot of hysteria over a number of incidents, which you need the police to react to, the issue is really how they do it," he said.
"And, I think by banning the regalia and so on, what that does is it doesn't actually address the crime or the violence they're trying to deal with. It actually attacks the culture, the way of life of people," he said.
A member of the Kings Cross Bikers says the government's actions targeting bikie gangs have tainted all motorcycle clubs.
"It seems that every crime that's committed at the moment... it's the bikies... and so the public have got this thing in their heads that anyone on a motorbike, if it's big and black, then they're a criminal. But that's not the case," he said.
He says more protest rides are planned over the next few weeks.