Confederation takes issue with Bathurst council's stance on local motorcycle club

A not for profit group that looks out for the rights and freedoms of bikers says its saddened and appalled recent comments by Bathurst mayor Paolo Fongemie concerning a local motorcycle club with alleged ties to the Hell's Angels.

Fongemie said earlier this week that Bathurst and neighbouring municipalities would work together to limit the activities of the Darksiders North Shore motorcycle club in the Chaleur region due to its alleged affiliation with the Hell's Angels.

That could include bylaws aimed at preventing club members from wearing "colours" inside licensed establishments.

The Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents says it supports the rights of clubs to exist in communities as well as the equal application of the law to those that choose to break it.

Chair Stephen Wallace questions the need for such a bylaw as there are already rules on the books to deal with club members, as well as members of the public, who break the law.

He says the Confederation considers the situation to be "profiling" and an infringement of bikers' charter rights.

Wallace says the Confederation cannot condone politicians and law enforcement treating members of the motorcycle community as scapegoats to divert attention from existing social issues.