Satudarah outlaw motorcycle club members riding in their colours in Sydney. Photo: FacebookAn international bikie gang known for its extreme violence has tried to get a foothold in by recruiting members for its Sydney chapter via Facebook, NSW Police say.
But the head of the NSW Gangs Squad, Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace, said the arrest of four senior members of the Satudarah outlaw motorcycle club had stopped the club before it could establish a true presence in .
Police became aware of attempts by the club, which originated in the Netherlands in 1990, to set up in NSW and South last February.
The club is known in Europe for its extreme violence, drugs, extortion and weapons trafficking and has since spread to other parts of Europe and south-east Asia.
It now claims to have more than 40 chapters worldwide.
Ms Wallace said police had been closely monitoring Satudarah’s attempts to recruit members for the newly formed Sydney chapter online.
The club pitched itself to potential members as “‘s first truley [sic] multicultural motorcycle club”.
“It appears that they were attempting to recruit members via Facebook,” she said. “Our concern was that they were going to reach out to disenfranchised members of other outlaw clubs.”
In the past week, the NSW Gangs Squad arrested four members of the club’s Sydney chapter, charging them with a range of offences including assault, possessing and supplying prohibited drugs, carrying weapons and consorting.
Among those arrested were the gang’s 30-year-old alleged chapter president. The bikie clubhouse, which was at the back of a residential premises in Bankstown, has been shut down.
Ms Wallace said the Sydney chapter consisted of 10 members at most and the arrests would see it dismantled.
Attempts to establish Satudarah in other parts of NSW and have been unsuccessful, she said.
Police had feared that, as Satudarah sought to establish itself in Sydney, its members would clash with other more established bikie gangs for territory and to gain notoriety.
Satudarah is known to have had violent brawls with the Hells Angels in the Netherlands.
“We never saw any issues develop between Satudarah and any other club because I don’t think they were on anyone’s radar,” Ms Wallace said.
The club was established in Moordrecht, in south Holland in 1990, with its original members consisting of immigrants or children of immigrations from the Dutch possession Moluccas, which now forms part of Indonesia.
The name Satudarah originates from “satu darah”, which is Indonesian for “one blood”.
Unlike other outlaw motorcycle gangs around the world Satudarah allows members from any ethnic or religious background. Other bikie gangs, such as the Hells Angels, will only allow “white males” to join.
Ms Wallace said police were confident they had stopped the gang from establishing itself in NSW and police would continue to monitor the situation.
Following NSW police’s announcement the club had been shutdown the Satudarah MC Sydney Facebook page posted: “Good morning BLACK & YELLOW world”.