The Dutch police have broken up an illegal New Year’s Eve party with hundreds of partiers, which took place despite the nationwide CoV lockdown. Hundreds of officers and ten police buses were on duty on New Year’s Eve on the site of a former factory in Rijswijk in central Netherlands, as the public broadcaster NOS reported today.
The operation was carried out without violence, but there were several arrests, reported the local media group Omroep Gelderland. The rave party had reportedly started on New Year’s Eve in the warehouse of a former brick factory. Residents reported that numerous vehicles with German, French, Spanish and Italian license plates were parked in front of the building.
Lockdown imposed just before Christmas
Due to the increasing number of new corona infections and the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant, a new lockdown was imposed in the Netherlands a week before Christmas.
An illegal rave party also took place on New Year’s Eve in the small town of Saint-Florentin in eastern France, around two hours from Paris. The local prefecture reported that police had secured the venue and carried out drug tests on the partiers. The local prosecutor’s office has initiated an investigation.