Police break up illegal rave in field near Ghent

Police in Gent have broken up an illegal rave. The rave took place in a corn field in Desteldonk on the edge of the East Flemish city on Saturday night. The website of the daily ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ reports that around 50 young people were at the open-air party. Police went to the scene after they were alerted by local residents. 

All those that were at the rave will be issued with 250 euro fines for having breached the measures that are currently in force to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The organiser of the rave risks a much higher fine and a court summons.

The Mayor of Ghent Matthias De Clerq (liberal) described the organisation of a rave as being totally unacceptable and that the organisers and participants had displayed a total lack of respect given that the number of people that are becoming infected with the novel coronavirus is on the increase. 

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