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Faro biker rally 'without incidents' - Police

Thousands of motorcyclists participated in a procession on Sunday at the end of the 37th international biker rally in Faro, riding around the main streets applauded by thousands of spectators in an event that went off “without incidents”.
 

The biker procession began mid-morning in Vale das Almas near Faro beach, “blocked” the main roads in the town, which were closed for some time by the police.

The procession at the close of what is considered to be Europe’s biggest biker rally included representatives of almost all the motorbike clubs in Portugal as well as bikers from various European countries, particularly Spain, which once again had many participants.

This year’s edition had extra policing after the arrest of more than 50 Hells Angels in Portugal. The event passed off “without incidents or accidents with serious injuries”, the police told Lusa.

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Portuguese police nab dozens of Hells Angels biker gang members

LISBON (Reuters) - Over 400 Portuguese police, including the antiterrorism unit, detained several dozen members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club in raids on 80 homes and localities across the country on Wednesday.

Police said the operation followed investigations into the international group’s activities in Portugal, adding that some of its members were “extremely dangerous”, with long criminal records and long experience of organized violent crime.

The raids took place about a week before an annual international motorcycle gathering in Faro in southern Portugal, which brings together thousands of bikers from all over Europe.

One of the investigations has been looking into an attack in March by a group of Hells Angels members, some of them foreign, against a rival motorcycle gang and their allies from a neo-Nazi group in what the authorities believe is a turf war for control of illicit guns and drug trade.