Fate of former Hells Angels bunker in Quebec sparks debate

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The mayor and a councillor of the Quebec city do not see eye-to-eye on what should be done with the site of the Lennoxville Purge.

(video) --- A debate has broken out between the mayor of Sherbrooke and a local city councillor over the fate of a former Hells Angels bunker in the borough of Lennoxville.

While Mayor Steve Lussier wants the building quickly demolished, noting that it was the site of bloody crimes and is a reminder of a dark period of the city’s history, councillor Évelyne Beaudin thinks the bunker, located in a quiet, wooded area, could be recycled into museum on crime.

The bunker was the site of the 1985 execution of five Hells Angels members from a rival chapter.

Beaudin thinks to city should not act too quickly on demolition, saying that destroying a perceived symbol of crime won’t end crime.

She also criticized Lussier for not wanting to discuss the issue and asked him to ask the public what it thinks should be done with the bunker.

Lussier said that a Supreme Court decision confirming the confiscation of the bunker by police from the Hells Angels marked the end of a grim chapter of the city’s history. He argued that a better use could be found for the site, if only to recoup unpaid tax revenue.

In an interview with La Tribune, Lussier said there would be no question of creating a museum of crime at the bunker so long as he is mayor and wants the building, seized by police in 2009, to be demolished quickly.

The Lennoxville bunker is the only Hells Angels clubhouse in Quebec not to have been torn down.

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