December 5, 2022

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The party is over because of illegal raves, Italy’s new government says by Health & Fitness Journal

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©Health & Fitness Journal. FILE PHOTO: Leader of the Brothers of Italy Giorgia Meloni attends the meeting with newly elected Brothers of Italy MPs in Rome, Italy October 10, 2022. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

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ROME (Health & Fitness Journal) – Italy’s new right-wing government signaled on Monday it will crack down on unlicensed rave parties, with organizers risking jail terms of up to six years if they host such events.

The move followed a Halloween weekend party at a disused warehouse near the northern city of Modena, which drew more than 1,000 people from Italy and abroad and prompted complaints about noise and its impact on traffic in the area.

“We have shown that the state does not turn a blind eye and does not act when faced with breaches of the law,” Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni told a news conference, saying Italy needs to tighten rules to bring it in line with its European neighbors.

Meloni, whose government took office in October with a promise to crack down on law and order, mentioned a major rave in the city of Viterbo last year that reported two deaths and damaged an area of ​​natural beauty.

“The impression that the Italian state has given in recent years is lax when it comes to complying with rules and laws,” she said.

According to proposals by your government, those behind such parties could face three to six years in prison in the future and the equipment at the raves could be confiscated.

The new offense would apply to unauthorized gatherings of at least 50 people that pose a risk to public health, security or order, Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi told a news conference.

The party in Modena, which was supposed to last until Tuesday, ended peacefully at lunchtime on Monday, when revelers agreed with the local police to turn off the music and go home.

“Happy Halloween to everyone except those from half of Europe who have come to wreak havoc in Modena, Italy with an illegal rave party,” said Matteo Salvini, leader of the Lega party, on Twitter.

The league is part of Meloni’s coalition, which also includes her far-right Brothers of Italy party and ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s mainstream conservative party Forza Italia.

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