Several injured as French police break up illegal rave

Several partygoers were injured and one attendee lost a hand

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Several people were injured as French police officers broke up an illegal rave with over a thousand partygoers in northwestern France.

An attendee lost a hand and several were injured in the clash in a field near the town of Redon on Friday night, authorities said.

More than 400 police officers were involved in the operation to disperse the crowd of 1,500 people who attended the event, which went past the country’s 11:00 p.m. coronavirus curfew.

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“The police has been confronted with violent individuals who refuse to leave the premises for several hours,” the prefect of Ille-et-Vilaine, Emmanuel Berthier, said Saturday morning.

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Police fired tear gas, while partygoers threw Molotov cocktails and other objects.

The festival was purportedly dedicated to Steve Canico, a young man who died during a police raid at a techno concert. Canico died after falling into the Loire river as police were shutting down the event.

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An investigation is underway into the overnight raid.

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