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France: Police prevent illegal rave

2021-06-23T18:38:25.029Z

Around 1500 people gathered in Brittany for an illegal party. When the police intervened, the violence escalated. A 22-year-old lost his hand in the process. Several officers were also injured.



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Outbreak of violence after an illegal rave: the police used tear gas, party guests threw Molotov cocktails

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Strict corona rules still apply in France.

Still, hundreds of people gathered in Brittany on Friday to hold an illegal rave.

When the police stepped in to break up the party, the violence escalated.

During the operation with more than 400 officers on a racecourse near Redon, five police officers were injured, the local authorities said on Saturday.

In addition, a 22-year-old partygoer lost a hand.

The authorities had banned the event in advance.

In France, there is a corona-related curfew from 11 p.m., which should be lifted from Sunday.

The Prefect of the Ille-et-Vilaine Department, Emmanuel Berthier, reported "very violent clashes" between the ravers and the police.

According to the authorities, the officers were pelted with Molotov cocktails, boules balls and "parts of hollow blocks".

The police used tear gas.

Authorities speak of extreme violence

Local authorities estimate that around 1,500 people attended the illegal event.

The rave party was held in memory of a young man who fell two years ago during a police operation at a music festival in Nantes in the Loire and died.

Berthier accused the participants of "extreme" and "inexcusable" violence.

It took the police more than seven hours to disperse the crowd.

According to Berthier, the situation had calmed down on Saturday morning.

The public prosecutor's office has initiated investigations.

It should also be examined how the 22-year-old lost his hand.

The regional gendarmerie chief Pierre Sauvegrain told the radio station France-Info that the man probably picked up an object that then exploded.

However, Sauvegrain did not provide any further details.

On New Year's Eve, an illegal party got out of hand in the prefecture of Ille-et-Vilaine.

At that time, around 2,500 people celebrated and thus violated the corona rules.

When the police intervened, the officers were violently attacked.

Several people were arrested in connection with the New Year's Eve rave.

asc / dpa / AFP / AP

Source: spiegel

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