Today in Australia, police are in a panic because Hells Angels are riding to the city of Darwin near the top of the country for their national run. State police have implemented something called Operation Sitara. Sitara is a Sanskrit word that refers to the planet Venus. What Operation Sitara means is that militarized police wearing body armor and carrying military style weapons are stopping every motorcyclist crossing into the Northern Territory and offering them courtesy safety checks.
Commander Wayne Harris, the police genius in charge of Operation Sitara, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation yesterday, “They check out the individuals as they arrive…just making sure everything is compliant law-wise as they arrive in the Northern Territory.” Harris also said, “outlaw motorcycle gangs” trouble him because they are “involved in extortion, murders, stealing and drugs.”
Police have estimated that 200 Angels are riding to the national run. The Northern Territory News reported this morning that a pack of 150 Hells Angels are headed for Darwin on the Stuart Highway – an 1800 mile long road that crosses the continent from south to north. The run officially begins April 5. The News reported Monday that “swarms” of police would be riding along with the patch holders. The News also reported in the same story that six Red Devils had just crossed into the Northern Territory from the state of South Australia. Maybe it was a slow news day.
In order to thoroughly ruin the bikers vacation, the Northern Territory will institute an emergency “beer ban.” The ban forbids bars from selling alcohol to anyone wearing club colors. The ban will be in effect from April 5 through April 11. Apparently, the ban will be enforced by police who have vowed to follow “the Hells Angels for the whole time they are in the NT.”
A state politician named David Tollner has proposed that the ban be made permanent. Tollner didn’t say who would enforce the ban. One Australian news source speculated, “The move could see young backpackers trying to throw bikies out of pubs.”
Matthew Gardiner, an official with the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union said the proposed ban would put “people in confrontational positions for no real reason.”