Neil Briscoe is inviting riders to join him on Sunday for a ride and legal, peaceful protest at Parliament House.
Neil Briscoe is inviting riders to join him on Sunday for a ride and legal, peaceful protest at Parliament House. Candyce Braithwaite

Warwick bikie to ride to George Street in protest

"SO WHAT if I have tattoos and ride a bike? I work hard and I pay taxes."

Warwick's Neil Briscoe is "angry beyond belief" about new criminal organisation laws and this Sunday will join more than a thousand other bikies in a peaceful protest at Brisbane's Parliament House.

"Campbell Newman is removing our freedom," he said.

"We were told not to discriminate against the Muslims after 9/11 because of what a few of them did.

"Why not give bikies the same rights?"

Mr Briscoe said the ride was legal with a police escort organised.

"It's also going to be a toy run," he said.

"We are taking toys to the Smith Family.

"But we encourage anyone with a bike to come along and stand up for not only bikies, but all Queenslanders."

Riders are asked to meet at McDonald's Warwick from 6.30am Sunday with the rumble of bikes heading through town at 7am.

Mr Briscoe is also involved in Go Ride SEQ which is a group for bike riders around the Southern Downs.

"We all get together and go for a ride, whether it's just to Toowoomba for lunch or a toy run," he said.

"We usually have one big ride every month but now we have to lodge a notification with police to inform them of our activities.

"We don't wear club gear, we are all hard working and this is something we do in our spare time.

"We want to be able to ride whenever, wherever with whomever we want."

Mr Briscoe said Premier Campbell Newman believed he was in touch with everyday Queenslanders.

"He keeps saying he is doing what Queenslanders want," he said.

"But I didn't ask for him to do this.

"I feel upset and hurt because I voted for the bastard.

"I want to talk to him, he thinks he is in touch with Queenslanders, come and talk to me - Mr Average, right here waiting to debate."

A Facebook page which claims to be open to the public to contact Campbell Newman has even blocked Mr Briscoe.

"I posted on there a few times asking to get a response, to talk to him about it, I posted my views and now they have blocked me," he said.

"I only once got a response saying thank you for my feedback, but they weren't interested in what I had to say."

Mr Briscoe said one of his biggest concerns with the new Vicious Lawless Association law is anyone, bikie or non-bikie could be put in jail.

"By associating with known criminals on a social ride, whether or not they are known to me, I am regarded as a criminal," he said.

"I can be detained, questioned and charged and be forced to await a bail hearing which I'm told could be up to two weeks.

"These laws are going to affect unsuspecting people. For example a member in a camera club may buy a camera from another member that turns out to be stolen property.

"By law the receiver and the seller can be charged and the club must provide evidence that it's not common practice. If found guilty the receiver must be sentenced to 15 years in prison."

While the new laws are branded "anti-bikie laws" Mr Briscoe said everyone should be worried about it.

"We all need to be careful and stand up to what is happening here.

"Bikies are never mentioned in the law, its criminal organisations.

"It is extremely easy for any organisation to be branded criminal.

"It is no longer innocent until proven guilty; it's guilty until proven innocent."



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