Rumors have been circulating online that the Hells Angels and Mongols motorcycle clubs were planning to attack “Antifa Terrorists” in Seattle. According to one Hells Angels spokesperson, however, those rumors are false. A different group, however, does have an event planned for July 4 to “retake” CHAZ, according to Facebook.
Hells Angels Will Not Be Attacking Antifa in Seattle
Sonny Barger, a founding member of the California chapter of the Hells Angels, debunked the rumor in a Facebook post on Saturday, June 13.
He wrote: “People have asked me about these fake articles involving the Hells Angels and another club going to face antifa. Stop, It’s untrue and will never happen.”
One YouTube video published earlier on June 13 claimed to show bikers on their way to Seattle. Here’s the video:
However, Lead Stories traced the video back to a California Mongols Motorcycle Club video that was posted on June 15, 2010. Here’s that video:
A June 12 breaking tweet from Twitter user The White Rabbitt was an even earlier source of the rumor:
Hell’s Angels and Mongols riding together on their way to Seattle to scrap with Antifa Terrorists.
— 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚆𝚑𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚁𝚊𝚋𝚋𝚒𝚝𝚝 (@_WhiteRabbitt_) June 13, 2020
Lead Stories traced White Rabbitt’s photo back to a 2018 gathering of Hell’s Angels in Canada. You can read the 2018 story here.
Here’s another tweet about the rumor, showing Hells Angels “Seattle bound”:
— freedomrider364 (@freedomrider364) June 13, 2020
Lead Stories traced that photo back to a video in Brighton, U.K. Many people replied to the tweet, noting that they were driving on the wrong side of the road. Here’s the video the screenshot originated from:
Some People May Be Getting This Mixed up With a ‘Bikers for Trump’ Event
Some of the confusion may be stemming from a “Bikers for Trump” event that’s scheduled for July 4. According to a screenshot shared by Prntly, a conservative news site that is hosting the event, it was originally scheduled for June 21 and was called “Bikers for Trump Retake the Seattle Occupation Zone for America.”
The link in the Prntly article takes you to an event with a new name and date. The event is now scheduled for July 4, with the title “American Patriots Retake The Seattle Occupation Zone For America.” According to the event post, it is cohosted by Super Happy Fun America.
The description reads:
On July 4th, Independence Day,a coalition of patriot groups and all who want to join are going to retake the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone for America. antifa members are illegally occupying public property and terrorizing small businesses in the neighborhood. American patriots have agreed to come together again, remove the barricades illegally obstructing traffic, and free the people in the zone.
You do not need a bike to join. Any and all patriots with all vehicles are coming to this event.
We are not going to hurt anybody, break the law etc. We are simply going to tear down the illegal barriers on public property, clean up the mess these communist kids made, and return the police station over to Seattle Police Department control.”
According to the event page, Prntly Patriots, Super Happy Fun America, American Patriots, Washington Patriots Militia and Oathkeepers are confirmed attendees, along with 1,600 others who claim they’ll attend. The event also adds:
Bikers will use any of multiple staging areas being offered by local patriots with land. They can stage there in safety and then rally together to downtown by noon. Ground troops without bikes will meet in the city of Seattle and rally all morning until noon. Together we will then march and ride to the CHAZ where we will eliminate the unlawful barricades shutting CHAZ out from the United States. We will bring CHAZ back into the fold.
A story by Gateway Pundit about the Bikers for Trump event said the Hells Angels were heading to Seattle, but the story now has a disclaimer that reads: “Update: We received word the Hell’s Angles are not coming to Seattle.”
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