Well, this is disturbing. Italy’s newly-elected far-right government has made it known that it is going to not just ban raves but to make them a criminal offense.
New Prime Minister Giogia Meloni will soon declare unlicensed raves to be a crime or, as she calls it “invasions for dangerous gatherings” of more than 50 people. If convicted, participants could face up to six years in jail. The government says that it’s open to the idea of wiretapping those who organize raves.
This all came after the government shut down a techno event in Modena that had been going for 48 hours over Halloween weekend. Noise was an issue, but that seems to have been the only problem. Before the ravers left the unused warehouse, they cleaned up after themselves. The government says they were merely enforcing laws already on the books and were concerned about a repeat of a 2021 event in the town of Viterbo where two people died
Interesting that authorities went after ravers instead of a march featuring 2,000 supporters of World War II fascist leader Benito Mussolini, one of Hitler’s allies. That event featured fascist salutes and songs.
More at the BBC. (Via Sean)