It took French police 7 hours to interrupt up a rave that violated a pandemic curfew. One man misplaced a hand.


PARIS — Violent clashes erupted on Friday evening between lots of of partygoers and cops attempting to interrupt up an unlawful rave in western France, leaving a number of individuals injured on each side, together with one man whose hand was severed.

At a information convention on Saturday morning, Emmanuel Berthier, the state’s consultant in Ille-et-Vilaine, in Brittany, the place the get together passed off, described “clashes of extreme violence” that “lasted more than seven hours.” Native authorities mentioned that about 1,500 individuals had attended the rave, and that greater than 400 cops had been mobilized.

Mr. Berthier mentioned that the police within the city of Redon have been hit with Molotov cocktails, onerous picket balls and different harmful objects, and that 5 cops had been injured. He mentioned that the person who had misplaced his hand was 22 years outdated, however that the circumstances weren’t but clear.

Prosecutors in western France mentioned that the injured man had surgical procedure for amputation, and that an investigation had been opened to find out the precise circumstances of the damage. In a Twitter post with a video of a person with an injured hand being evacuated by individuals within the crowd, a person who recognized himself as a contract French journalist reported {that a} grenade had exploded.

The police in France have more and more been known as on in latest months to interrupt up unlawful events, usually ending in skirmishes with contributors. With golf equipment having been closed for the reason that starting of the pandemic final March, unlawful out of doors events have sprung up across the nation, posing a problem for the native authorities.

The clashes in Redon got here simply as France is about to exit a seemingly infinite cycle of coronavirus-related restrictions which have sown a deep sense of fatigue and frustration, particularly amongst youthful individuals. However with its vaccination marketing campaign effectively underway, the French authorities has mentioned that it plans to permit nightclubs to reopen in July, with particular restrictions.

The Redon rave was organized as a tribute to Steve Maia Caniço, a 24-year-old who disappeared in 2019 at a live performance that was damaged up by the police in Nantes, in western France. Buddies had suspected that Mr. Caniço — who they mentioned didn’t know how you can swim — had fallen into the river with greater than a dozen different individuals and drowned because the police confronted the revelers with tear gasoline. The others have been rescued.

The clashes on Friday have been much more violent than these in Nantes. The native authorities had issued an order banning the gathering however organizers went forward anyway. Movies posted on-line present the police repeatedly firing tear gas at crowds who, in response, hurl gasoline bombs and other projectiles on the officers. A number of hundred partygoers have been nonetheless on web site as of Saturday morning and the police have been nonetheless attempting to evict them within the afternoon.

5 males had been taken into custody as a part of an investigation into violence in opposition to cops.

A gaggle behind the rave, the collectif Maskarade, instructed the France 3 tv community that the native authorities had “an anti-youth and anti-party policy” and criticized their heavy-handed response, “all because we wanted to dance.”