French police have closed carnival parties for violating covid-19 restrictions
Hundreds of French police on Saturday closed an illegal Carnival Party in northwest France since new year’s Eve, ignoring curfews and coronavirus restrictions on large parties.
Shortly after the party started on Thursday night, about 2500 revelers from France and abroad took part in a carnival in an abandoned warehouse in lyoron, near Rennes, some of whom clashed with police.
Emmanuel Berthier, head of ille et Vilaine state, told reporters that the conflict caused police to wait for reinforcements.
Gerald darmanin, the interior minister, tweeted that more than 1200 people at the party had been fined when they left the scene, and that the organizers of the event were being confirmed and will be prosecuted.
Bertier said about 800 revelers were sanctioned for attending illegal parties, breaking curfews and not wearing masks, while most of the rest were notified for using illegal drugs. Five people were also arrested and sound and lighting equipment confiscated. Ryan’s prosecutors have investigated the illegal organization of music activities and violence against authorities, while local health authorities have urged participants to be quarantined for seven days.
During the conflict on New Year’s Eve, people at the party threw wine bottles and stones at the police, and several officers were slightly injured. One police car caught fire and three others were damaged. With the largest number of covid-19 cases in Western Europe, France is tightening restrictions on coronavirus by imposing an earlier curfew on 15 departments in the northeast and southeast from Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, France has carried out two national closures, the most recent of which was relaxed in mid December. However, restaurants and bars are currently restricted areas, and it is not clear when they will be reopened.
Post time: Jan-04-2021