On Wednesday (2 November), Giorgia Maroni, the Italian Prime Minister, defended a crackdown on illegal rave clubs. She also denied that it violated any public freedoms.
Organisers of unauthorised masses parties face a maximum six year sentence and a fine of EUR1,000-EUR10,000 for organizing such events.
Meloni appeared to exclude any changes of heart by political opponents who claim the penalties are too harsh.
In a statement, she stated that “This is a regulation which I support and of whom I am proud.”
She stated: “It’s right that we prosecute people who, often, from all over Europe, participate in illegal raves…without observing safety regulations and, more importantly favoring drug dealing/drug use.”
Critics warn that the law, which was not well-drafted, was also approved by cabinet members for the first time in its history. This could potentially be used against student rallies or public demonstrations.
Meloni said that her government didn’t intend to restrict freedoms of expression. She stated: “I want all citizens to know…that we won’t deny anyone the right to voice their disapproval.”
Modena hosted a weekend of Halloween celebrations in its northern city. This event attracted more than 1,000 people from all over Italy and the rest of the world. There were many complaints about traffic and noise.
The party was quickly dispersed by police using existing security laws. Police gave permission to around 2,000 supporters of Benito Mussolini (wartime dictator) to hold an unauthorised rally at Predappio.
Matteo Piantedosi (Interior Minister) denied any similarity between the events. Corriere dilla Sera newspaper reported that the Mussolini march had been ongoing for many years, without any problems, and that it was always under the surveillance of the police.
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