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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1997, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald Friday july 25, 1997 the West bikers trying to Embarrass him says Klein motorcycle gang shows photo of Premier with grim reapers members Edmonton up Alberta pre Mier Ralph Klein says the hell s Angels Are trying to Embarrass and intimidate him by publicizing a 10-year old photo of him with some Bike gang members in a Calgary bar. The Premier said thursday he was told by police recently that the hell s Angels wanted to use the photo against him if Alberta allocated extra Money to fight organized crime including motorcycle gangs. The police told me at that time that they had information that the hell s Angels from Vancouver wanted this picture to use against me if we allocated resources to fight organized bikers including hell s Angels from Vancouver displayed the picture for a newspaper photographer at a biker gang clubhouse in red Deer this week. The photo shows Klein having a drink with a couple of members of the drinking buddies an unidentified member of the hell s Angels holds a photo of Alberta Premier Ralph Klein with two members of the grim reapers. Grim reapers motorcycle club. The club formally joined the hell s Angels at a ceremony in red Deer this week. Klein was mayor of Calgary at the time. The bikers said the 10-year-old photograph is proof of Klein s hypocrisy in criticizing the merger of the grim reapers and the hell s Angels. It seems like we re the worst thing that has come to Alberta but 10 years ago the same people were Good enough to have a drink with this said Rick ciarniello a hell s Angel from Vancouver. Klein earlier described the hell s an gels As scary and said the merger elevated members of the reapers to a level of International organized crime. The Premier said he did t pose for the photo and had no idea it had been taken. He backed a Zero tolerance policy for outlaw bikers that included a heavy police presence in red Deer this week. The photograph was taken at Cal Gary s Cecil hotel and has been on the Walls of the grim reapers red Deer clubhouse As a reminder of the Good old Days explained a biker who would Only give his name As Critter. Klein said he was not associated with Bike gang members but reported on them when he was a to reporter in Calgary before becoming mayor. Police won t scare off helps Angels members warn Calgary up police gave about 140 bikers Many of them wearing Brand new hell s Angels Alberta patches a rude Welcome when they Rode into Calgary thursday afternoon. But the motorcycle club members say they won t be scared off by tactics being employed by police forces in Alberta. An equal number of police officers from Calgary Edmonton the ramp and the provincial forces in Ontario and Quebec handed out traffic violation tick ets and delayed the bikers arrival in Calgary. We re going to keep a close watch on any outlaw motorcycle gang because we recognize what s behind said Insp. Bill Webb of the Calgary police. The thing that we can t lose sight of is the fact that the groups As much As they would like to say otherwise Are involved in criminal said Webb. Two lawyers representing the motorcycle club were on hand to watch the proceedings and to hand out advice to those who needed it. The hell s Angels opened a chapter in Alberta ear Lier this week by recruiting the grim reapers motor Cycle gang. The rebels Are also considered to be prospects for membership and a number were Riding with the hell s Angels on thursday. Rick ciarniello a spokesman for the hell s Angels said these kind of tactics Don t intimidate the bikers at All and guarantees that the organization is in Alberta to stay. This is probably the reason we have to keep com ing said ciarniello. We re going to be Here As Long As they re going to be playing this stupid he said police officials Are doing nothing More than wasting taxpayers Money by playing silly games. Ciarniello said the hell s Angels will be launching some sort of civil action against the Alberta police Over what he Calls the illegal tactics being used in harassing bikers. Well do some sort of civil action on this for sure. We re citizens of Canada just like everyone Saskatoon won t tolerate hell s Angels mayor says Saskatoon up the City of Saskatoon will not be rolling out the Welcome mat for a chapter of the hell s Angels motorcycle gang says mayor Henry Dayday. We will have absolutely no tolerance for gang activity within our Dayday said thursday. We take a great Deal of Pride telling people How Safe this City the rebels motorcycle club in Saskatoon recently gained Prospect status and will soon be accepted As full members of the hell s Angels says Jean Pierre Levesque of the criminal Intelli gence service of Canada. The Angels absorbed the grim reapers of Alberta in a Patch Over ceremony in the Cen trial Alberta City of red Deer this week attended by the rebels and hundreds of Angels from across North America. Several police forces in Alberta banded together to Monitor the gang activities and made their pres ence Felt to the bikers. Levesque said the Angels also want to establish chapters in Saskatchewan Manitoba and eventually Ontario to control the drug Trade and prostitution across the country. If a hell s Angels chapter opens in Saskatoon Dayday said they will be watched very closely. 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