Monday, April 26, 2010

Dan's Brother Angel, Part 1

First, let us watch a video posted in an article at Al Jazeera:

The video begins interestingly enough, but then goes down the "Islamophobia" path.

Please watch the entire vid, though, because later on in the video, the Muslim gangmembers allege that Danish police, after shaking down the Muslim gangs, call the rival gang - a chapter of the world-famous Hell's Angels - and let them know that the Muslims are unarmed. Shortly thereafter, the bikers supposedly show up, and the shooting starts.

Below the vid, the text from Denmark's gang war (dated April 12, 2010) indicates that the head cop dealing with this mess believes it is related to organized crime - specifically, trafficking in controlled substances:

For Kim Kliver, the head of the National Investigation Centre in Copenhagen, the gang war is criminal, not racial, in its origin.

"Basically it is the control of the criminal markets, that means the narcotics markets, that means the trafficking of human beings into prostitution and the money they can earn on these criminal activities," Kliver says.

This is the same thing that was stated a year ago. From Gang wars rage in Denmark, March 3, 2009:

Kim Kilver is the man who has essentially been put in charge of heading the Danish National Police force's investigations into the gang war.

He rejects the idea that this is about race.

"This is about control of the drugs market, of prostitution, of people smuggling. It isn't racist, it's criminal," he says.

Hell's Angels leaders, however, claim it is not about organized crime, but rather about wanting immigrants to assimilate. From farther up in Gang wars rage in Denmark:

As we film them leaving, a large man appears by my side. Jorn Jonke Nielson is an Angel's legend. One of the group's founders in Denmark, he's served 16 years in prison for killing the leader of a rival motor cycle gang.

He shakes my hand, apologises that lunch will be late and invites me into the clubhouse.

We're taken upstairs to a large room with a big-screen TV, a modern kitchen and a table where we'll eat.

Beside him is the leadership of the group, the people who are allowed to face the cameras. We're told there will be no interviews but we can report what is said.

I ask if he's involved in a war.

He tells me: "We're not fighting a war, we, like all Danish people are involved in a cultural conflict with people who are not well integrated with out society."

He points to two members to his left, one born in Iran and the other in Pakistan.

Also, from Copenhagen's 'racial' gang wars, dated April 21, 2009:

The word on the street about the gang violence mirrors that on the front pages of Denmark's newspapers. They say a war between groups of bikers and ethnic minority youths is being fought out on Copenhagen's streets.

Some say the shootings are part of a turf war over the lucrative hashish trade in the city. Others say it has been inflamed by feelings of alienation and marginalisation among ethnic minority youngsters.

Gangland war over drug distribution?

Ethnic unrest?

Maybe both?

What about the allegations of police complicity in attacks by the ethnic Danish organized crime groups on the Muslim gangs?

Might some cops side with fellow Danes in an ethnic conflict against immigrants who are perceived to be maladjusted and involved in criminal activity?

Or, might they be dirty cops, bought off by drug money, the proceeds of the distribution network being fought over?

Or, might this just be sour grapes on the part of the losing side?

From page 231-2 (when you bring up the PDF, go to what shows as the 241st page of the 638-page document) of the US State Department's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs International Narcotics Control Strategy Report Volume I: Drug and Chemical Control, dated March 2009:

Law Enforcement Efforts. Over the past three years, there has been a significant increase in cocaine seizures in Denmark. Cocaine investigations are the current top priority of counter-narcotics police efforts in Denmark. According to the Danish National Police commissioner, the increase in cocaine seizures can be attributed to "police efforts to fight organized crime and with the systematic police investigations aimed at criminal groups and networks which are involved in drug crime." The police commissioner vowed to continue "goal-oriented and systematic efforts to fight organized crime in close cooperation with the European police unit at Europol and foreign police authorities." Cocaine trafficking in Denmark is controlled primarily by Serbian, Montenegrin and Moroccan nationals, with supplies originating in South America. Police also targeted members of the Hell's Angels and Banditos biker gangs by increased enforcement of tax laws. Authorities continue to target tax evasion by members of the biker gangs, as biker gangs are major factors in the drug trade. Heroin availability in Denmark has fluctuated based on the heroin production levels in Afghanistan. Balkan, Iranian and Pakistani nationals typically control heroin trafficking in Denmark...


Drug Flow/Transit. Denmark is a transit country for drugs on their way to neighboring European nations. The ability of the Danish authorities to interdict this flow is slightly constrained by EU open border policies. The Danish Police report that the regular smuggling of cannabis to Denmark is typically carried out by car or truck from the Netherlands and Spain. Amphetamines are typically smuggled from the Netherlands via Germany to Denmark and there distributed by members of the Hell's Angels and Banditos biker gangs. Amphetamines from Poland and Lithuania are also transshipped through Germany and Denmark.

We know - though for now, we won't say from where - that much of the narcotics coming in from Afghanistan is moving via ethnic Turkish and Albanian organized crime, often via the Balkans, though the State Department report fingers Iranians and Pakistanis as well. Is this our "immigrant" or "Asian" connection?

The cocaine is coming from Latin America, with various Balkan ethnicities involved in its trafficking.

It is safe to say there is more here than meets the eye.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

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