Police promise to “back off” from bikers at Faro rally

Police will be taking a “tamer” stance at this year’s Faro bike rally, it has been guaranteed.

Authorities’ “repressive attitude” at last year’s rally led the president of the Motoclube de Faro José Amaro to threaten he would stop organising the hugely popular event.

Many bikers complained they were stopped by police “numerous times” on their way to and from the event.

Now, after a meeting between the council, the Motoclube and PSP and GNR police, authorities have agreed to take on a more “preventative attitude instead of a repressive one”.

“All agreed that the central issue is security and prevention,” said Faro mayor Rogério Bacalhau, adding that police will continue to monitor the event, but without “constantly making bikers stop and holding successive roadside checks”.

Bacalhau admitted there were cases where families were stopped “three to four times in a row”, and stressed that the goal in 2015 will be to prevent accidents and provide support for rally-goers.

Faro’s 34th ‘Concentração de Motards’ will take place between July 16 and 19.

English rock band The Stranglers – which emerged in the UK punk rock scene in the late 70s – will be headlining the event, which will also feature a number of tribute bands to rock legends like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns N’ Roses.