Bandidos MC members set off to Melbourne
"[We] will take swift action to detect and disrupt any outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCGs) members who commit crimes, road safety or public order offences," a Victoria police spokeswoman said.
Bandidos MC members leaving a service station on the Calder Freeway on Friday
"We are always gathering intelligence with regards to the activities of persons engaged in criminal activity, including those persons who may also be associated with OMCGs. "Our monitoring of OMCGs permits us to respond in an appropriate fashion if and when any risk of violence is anticipated.
Police in Highett checking hundreds of Bandidos bikies who have arrived in Melbourne for their AGM this weekend. pic.twitter.com/9H3UYD2jVC— Paul Dowsley (@pauldowsley7) November 23, 2018
The club, which was formed in the US, established itself in Australia in 1983 after a group split from another club, the Comancheros. That split lead to the notorious Milperra massacre, where the two clubs clashed in a shootout that left seven people dead, including a 14-year-old girl, the Bandidos' vice-president, the Comancheros' vice-president and serjeant-at-arms.
While a Bandidos associate said the wider community has a misconception that the club is made up of criminals, authorities say they are a well-organised gang that causes harm across the country.
SOURCE: The Age