Police, politicians and experts have expressed concern about the escalating gang conflict after the Hells Angels biker club published a damning manifesto targeting Muslims and immigrants on its website.
Spokesman for the Hells Angels Denmark, Jørn ‘Jønke’ Nielsen, published the four-page ‘Jackal Manifesto’ yesterday, using the term to describe people it says are often Muslims, or of Arabic background, and who ‘hate Danes, the mentality, lifestyle, Christianity and its symbols’.
Nielsen defended the manifesto as neither racist nor aimed at people of a certain skin colour or religion, and said the ‘jackal’ mentality that the club would no longer tolerate in Denmark.
‘Fear is their weapon and that’s why peaceful people can find themselves suddenly attacked without warning by gangs armed with knives. Many ordinary citizens live in daily fear of the jackals when they go outside their homes.’
The Hells Angels biker club and its support group AK81 have long been linked to an on-going battle for control of the criminal trade with criminal immigrant gangs.
Experts said the manifesto, coupled with Nielsen’s recent appearance on a popular morning television show, were attempts to sway the popular mood towards Hells Angels by creating an ‘us versus them’ mentality.
Associate professor of sociology Michael Hviid Jacobsen of Aalborg University said that the move is part of a campaign to recruit young people to Hells Angels.
‘To that end, he makes himself, the other Hells Angels and the Danish public the victims when he talks about us having been subjected to violence by immigrants,’ said Jacobsen.
‘At the same time it’s very dangerous to play the ethnic card because it will act as a red flag to the immigrant groups. The risk of the conflict escalating is probable,’ explained the sociologist.
Chief superintendent Per Larsen of the Copenhagen Police said Nielsen was not helping the situation.
‘Jønke is fanning the flame, but in our view at the moment this is not about an ethnic conflict,’ said Larsen.
His colleague Kim Kliver at the National Police’s National Centre of Investigation (NEC) concurred, but said that they would not try to reason with Nielsen.
‘There’s no value is entering into an open dialogue with him,’ said Kliver.
Justice spokespeople for the Danish People’s Party, the Social Democrats and the government’s Conservatives all wrote off the manifesto as rhetoric designed to divide the public.
Tensions between the gangs have intensified recently after broad daylight attacks, sometimes on innocent bystanders in Odense, Funen.
A recent TV2 interview with immigrant gang members in the Funen city, saw them hooded and masked showing off their weapons to the media.
‘When we catch the guys who did this and shot at our brothers; they’re finished, no matter how much they hide themselves,’ said the masked spokesman.