Prosecutors argue the 22-year-old did not plan an incident that shook a nation alone.
A alleged organizer of an illegal New Year’s Eve rave that saw 2,400 people flouting coronavirus laws has been charged by French authorities – a move denounced by his supporters as an injustice.
As individuals continued to abide by strict assembly bans to combat the coronavirus, the wild rave party in Brittany shocked the world.
According to Rennes prosecutor Philippe Astruc, the 22-year-old homeless man was detained Saturday in the van where he was living west of the city of Rennes and then charged late Tuesday with organizing an illegal event and putting the lives of others at risk.
Astruc said that he was also remanded in detention because of the possibility that he might interact with other event organisers.
Remi Cassette, the man’s lawyer, said his client declined to be one of the organizers, but admitted that he participated and “helped” coordinate the case.
The 22-year-old was not the only suspected organizer, Astruc said, and at least three or four others remained at large.
The photographs of the rave shocked France not only because of the infringement of the laws of assembly and dissociation, but also because of the local authorities’ inability to avoid the incident.
Astruc said that about 800 vehicles brought attendees to the event, which cost EUR 5 for entry, and that some people came from as far as Italy, Spain and Poland.
He said, “All these elements point to significant logistical organization and coordination,”
A statement from a group supporting the participants, however, called for the man’s immediate release and a Saturday solidarity rally in Rennes.
“It doesn’t matter if this person is really connected to the organizers. What we do know is that it is inconceivable that someone would go to jail for making women and men dance,” it stated.
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