For many years motorcycle gangs such as the illustrious Hells Angels and Muslim dominated street gangs managed to exist side by side in relative peace, in the struggle for control of the market for illegal drugs, especially cannabis, but also other forms of crime.
Ethnic Danish gangs such as Hells Angels are increasingly coming under pressure from the Muslim gangs, who showed to be far more relentless in their methods, and much less afraid of the possible judicial consequences of their actions, besides being much more numerous, and able to draw upon support from much of the immigrant community not otherwise involved in similar crime.
Large numbers of Danes, not otherwise interested in motorcycles or gang related criminal activity, are reported to sign up under the new banner of the HA support group AK81 ’81’ being synonymous with the letters HA), and AK probably referring to the famous AK 47 ‘Kalashnikov’ sub-machine gun, as well as meaning Always Ready [Altid Klar] in Danish.
As a consequence, the AK81 street gang was established. It is a support gang (called puppet clubs by law enforcement) of the Hells Angels, but members are not required to own a motorcycle or wear a patch. The Angels are openly recruiting for their team, saying that it is not necessary to own a motorcycle to be a member. This has had a dramatic effect, and large numbers of young Danes are volunteering for the new movement, hoping that they will be able to augment their numbers in the fight against their rivals, who so far have been successful in obtaining almost total street domination.
A Short History
On August 14, 2008, Osman Nuri Dogan, a 19-year-old ethnic Turk was shot and killed by an AK81 member in Tingbjerg. Later that year, on October 8, there was a shoot-out between AK81 members and a group of immigrants in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, during which one man was injured. An AK81 man began shooting at a group of immigrant gang members, who took cover before calling for back-up who arrived carrying guns.The next day, immigrant gang members attacked AK81 members in Odense which led to the police arresting fourteen people.
The violence has also gone beyond the streets and into prisons. In August 2009, a mass brawl between immigrant gangs and Hells Angels broke out at Vridsløselille Prison. And on August 12, 2009, three men linked to AK81 and the Hells Angels were jailed for beating up two immigrants at a club in Hellerup in April of that year.
Over the years, immigrant gangs have proliferated geographically across all of Denmark. The gangs have spread south from Copenhagen to the rest of Zealand, from inner Nørrebro, to the suburbs Ishøj, Greve, Greve, and on to Køge. The gangs are also active in Albertslund, Herlev, Hillerød, Høje Gladsaxe, Hundige, Roskilde and Skovlunde, among many Danish localities.
One of the largest criminal gangs in Denmark is a Muslim gang called Black Cobra. The organization was founded by Palestinian immigrants in Roskilde near Copenhagen in 2000 and now operates in all Danish cities.
Black Cobra has also established itself in Sweden, where it operates with impunity in the Tensta and Rinkeby suburbs of Stockholm and in the Muslim ghetto of Rosengård in Malmö.
One of the reasons that the immigrant gangs have been able to gain in strength, is because they are much less visible for the police than the motorcycle gang members, who are easily identified, because of their style of dress with visible logos, their more limited numbers and often also because of their physical stature.
The Hells Angels and AK 81 are tightly organized, and almost all members are known by the police, who have kept these groups under constant observation, making it increasingly difficult for them to defend themselves and their territories from the Muslim gangs, who are much more loosely knit, are not easily identifiable and have their respective languages to complicate things for the Danish police.