The increasingly public biker war in Sydney, Australia grabbed the international spotlight Sunday when a reported fifteen members of the Comancheros Motorcycle Club attacked two members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, at least one member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club and the brother of one of the Angels in a terminal at the Sydney airport.
The two Hells Angels were Derek Wainohu, a charter President, and Peter Zervas. Zervas’ brother, Anthony Zervas was beaten to death with metal stanchions. The Bandido was not named. The Angels were reportedly returning from a meeting to try to find a way to end the increasingly open “Bikie War” in Sydney.
Wainohu and the Zervas brothers shared Qantas Flight 430 with a member of the Comancheros. The men sat near each other and exchanged insults and threats during the flight. The unnamed Comanchero began text messaging for reinforcements as soon as the plane hit the ground.
The Sydney Herald reported that the men pushed and shoved each other as they got off the plane. One man shouted, “Come on, boys, let’s go, let’s go.”
The men confronted each other in the terminal and shouted obscene threats at each other. As airport police stood and watched a melee erupted and within seconds Anthony Zervas had his head bashed in in front of hundreds of terrified travelers.
Peter Zervas was arrested at the scene. Four Comancheros, Ismail Eken, 26, Pomare Pirini, 21, Zoran Kisicanin, 22 and Maher Aouli, 28 were arrested shortly after the attack.
What Is Going On
The so-called Sydney Bikie War has become a war between religions and races as much as a war between motorcycle clubs. And, it may hint at the direction outlaw motorcycle clubs may be heading worldwide.
Outlaw motorcycle clubs are as American as cherry pie. And as recently as ten years ago, virtually all motorcycle outlaws in Australia had northern European surnames like Smith, Jones, Reilly and Schmidt. A few bikers had eastern or southern European last names. Outlaws were white, predominantly working class and played by a set of rules that emphasized discretion and discipline.
The Comancheros changed that when they began recruiting Moslem Lebanese immigrants. Old school Comancheros began leaving the club and the Comancheros evolved into a Version 3.0 motorcycle club.
Versions 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0
Version 1.0 motorcycle clubs were founded by returning World War II veterans and flourished during the 1950s and 1960s. Mostly these clubs lived to ride, get drunk, get laid and fight. The fictional Wild Ones was a Version 1.0 club.
Clubs evolved into Version 2.0 clubs after Vietnam. They were reinforced by an influx of alienated, skilled and disciplined Vietnam veterans. When people think of motorcycle clubs, they usually think of Version 2.0.
Version 3.0 clubs are what is coming next. The closest thing to a version 3.0 club in this country was the Mongols Motorcycle Club under the leadership of Ruben “Doc” Cavazos. During the early years of this millennium, numerous old school bikers left the Mongols and were replaced by young, street gang members. Reportedly, the Mongols ceased requiring members to own motorcycles.
Bikies Without Bikes
The state of the art, “bikies without bikes” club is Australia is named Notorious. Not the Notorious Motorcycle Club but simply Notorious.
Rival factions of Notorious and the Comancheros are reportedly at war over which brand of Islam is the one, true faith. And, that war has been reported to be part of another war between rival Lebanese families: The Darwiches and the Razzaks.
Notorious is reportedly eager to fight members of both the Bandidos Motorcycle Club and the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
And, this is the climate that has prompted Bandidos to meet Hells Angels at the airport to make sure they get home alright.
Australian citizens are watching all this. In September, the government of South Australia enacted a series of laws based on that nation’s anti-terrorism statutes. Police have the power, under those new laws to outlaw motorcycle clubs and to deny civil liberties to members of motorcycle clubs. On Monday, in Sydney there were cries to extend those laws to all of Australia.
The unfortunate truth is, if somebody doesn’t put a stop to this Australian mess soon, these are just the sort of laws that may be enacted in the United States to fight what American cops are already calling the “super-cartel.”