In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the authorities have urged the greatest caution for New Year’s Eve. This did not prevent some from organizing clandestine parties. In Belgium, but also in France.
In Lieuron, in Brittany, several thousand people gathered for a huge “rave-party”, according to information reported by our colleagues. d’Europe 1 and of West France. These individuals would come “from different departments and from abroad”, communicated the prefecture of Ille-et-Vilaine to AFP. The party would have started this December 31 in the early evening. On a video from Ouest-France, we can distinguish hundreds of young people having fun in what looks like a rave, in a hangar, without real respect for barrier gestures, observes the daily.
A large police force was deployed to try to interrupt the evening. “We had detected vehicle movements, but before the curfew at 8 p.m., there was nothing forbidden,” said a source to Parisian. According to Europe 1, tensions would have quickly erupted between the police and the revelers. The latter are said to have settled in hangars so as not to be arrested. “The gendarmes faced the violent hostility of many chirkers”. They would then have sent projectiles at the police. A gendarmerie vehicle was set on fire and three gendarmes slightly injured, reports West France.
Friday morning, the party still gathered 2,500 participants, explained the prefecture of Ille-et-Vilaine in a statement to AFP. “A large gendarmerie system is in place to secure the area around the site and the traffic routes.
Rescuers were notably deployed on site to distribute gel and masks “in order to limit the risks of the virus spreading within the gathering” which was prohibited by prefectural decree
The prosecution has opened an investigation, in particular for “unlawful organization of a festive gathering of a musical nature” or “willful violence against persons holding public authority”, specifies the prefecture.
In front of the gathering place late Friday morning, vehicles registered from all over France were parked and many revelers were still present to the background of techno music, noted an AFP journalist.