The battle against the bikies in Queensland Australia is going to create a backlash. It has to.

The tough new laws in Queensland are said to be forcing bikies to leave their clubs.


The Bandidos have not only patched over the Finks, but new reports express that they have also patched over the Rock Machine and the Mongols have moved into Australia.

In my humble opinion that can only mean one thing - WAR.

The police have reportedly asked for more and bigger weapons as well as more and better armour as they fear reprisal.

Officers who have expressed their concerns over the new laws have been told that they should rethink their involvement with the force.  Begin Quote:
"If people aren't prepared to do that, to step up in times when the going gets tough, then they really do need to consider another career or another line of employment."

Overnight it was reported that front line police were being threatened with the sack if they failed to enforce the State Government's new bikie laws. End Quote
They have also been told how to protect themselves and their families.

Police officers are complaining that resources are being stretched too thin already.

The police have begun a campaign of terror against tattoo parlour owners, as bikies are not permitted to own or work in them any longer.

The daughter of a former head of the Queensland Bandidos says her tattoo shop is being unfairly targeted because police think her dad has something to do with her shop.  He "retired" from the Bandidos in light of the new laws and has an office in the back of her shop.
She claims that her father has NO interests in her shop beyond having an office there and that police have had her shop under surveillance and have searched her car.

She says that no club members visit her shop and that she herself is not a club member. She says it's not only hurting her business but other businesses around hers.

I get the fact that the police are going to monitor places like hers, but I wonder at the tactics and what the backlash will be.

There have been numerous reports of innocents being arrested and then released like one man who was wearing an SOA shirt that police mistakenly thought meant he was a bikie - he was released once they realized he was only a fan of a TV show. Another man was arrested as an associate because he attended a charity run hosted by Odins Warriors.  Another man claimed to have been stopped 11 times in 11 days.


These new laws have created a situation that is going to become untenable and soon.

I have an issue with knee jerk laws that are not well thought out and are rushed through for approval like the laws in Queensland Australia were. At some point there needs to be good sense exercised, some devil's advocacy used.

Innocents are going to get caught up in this war against bikies, their civil liberties will be trod on - and then what?

What say you?

I'd dearly love to know your thoughts on this subject.
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