Fact Check: NO Credible Evidence For Rumor Hells Angels And Mongols Prevented Antifa Demonstration in Placerville

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: NO Credible Evidence For Rumor Hells Angels And Mongols Prevented Antifa Demonstration in Placerville Unfounded

Did Antifa announce they were going to come to Placerville, California and did bikers from the Hells Angels and Mongols scare them away? There is no evidence any of this happened and Sonny Barger, one of the oldest and best known members of the Hells Angels has denied any rumors about an alliance with the Mongols.

The claim went viral on social media, for example in this post (archived here) published by Angela Town on June 4:

Placerville, CA. 👇
ANTIFA announced that they will be coming to town, and dared anyone to stand in their way.
To do so there will be consequences i.e. violence.

CHALLEGE ACCEPTED!

In an unprecedented, never heard of in the history of the Hells Angels and Mongols.
Who incidentally are SWORN ENEMIES to the mainstream culture ....UNITED, and served notice to ANTIFA that they will be on location waiting.....

Last word from ANTIFA ....they called off their protest! 🤣

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sun Jun 14 12:16:11 2020 UTC)

The post was nearly identical to a post (archived here) mady by Peggy Hubbard, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Illinois on June 3:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sun Jun 14 12:21:16 2020 UTC)

None of the social media posts spreading the rumor made any mention of where Antifa supposedly made the announcement and Lead Stories was unable to find any source for that claim.

The El Dorado County Sherrif's Office (where Placerville is located) posted several updates to Facebook mentioning social media rumors but none of the posts mentioned Antifa, Hells Angels or Mongols and explicitly mentions several times there were no reports of looting or violence ((even though there was a small, peacefull demonstration):

Same story on the timeline of the Placerville Police Department: some mentions of rumors, some mentions of a peaceful demonstration but not a single word about Hells Angels, Mongols or Antifa:

Lead Stories also checked the websites of the Hells Angels and the Mongols and found no mention of any alliance or collaboration. We reached out to both clubs but have yet to hear back, we will update this post if we get a reply to our inquiries.

What's more, Sonny Barger, founder of one of the oldest Hells Angels chapters and a prominent member of the club, has taken to Facebook (archived here) to deny the rumor:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sun Jun 14 12:46:30 2020 UTC)

Conclusion:

  • A demonstration did take place in Placerville and it was peaceful.
  • There was no mention of Antifa in connection with the demonstration.
  • The Hells Angels and Mongols made no announcement about any collaboration.
  • One of the most prominent members of the Hells Angels denied the rumor.

Hat tip to Biker News for pointing us towards Sonny Barger's post and for retracting their initial coverage of the rumor concerning Placerville, CA.


  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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