A non-stop party that has been going on for five days now in open countryside, with loud music, hundreds of kids crowded under the sun, a mega camp of campers, caravans and trucks equipped for food and alcohol. An unauthorized event that, in times of Covid, has gathered thousands of young people from all over Europe, raising controversy and concerns about the risk of contagion. For Lazio Regional Health Councilor Alessio D’Amato the situation is “out of control”. “No negotiation is possible – he said – The correct public order must be restored, the people identified and the responsibilities of such a gathering identified”.
An investigation into the 25-year-old who died
The Prosecutor of Viterbo has opened a file on the death of a 25-year-old during the rave party in progress between Tuscany and Lazio, whose body was found in the waters of Lake Mezzano. We are prosecuted for death as a consequence of another crime and at the moment there are no suspects. The autopsy has already been carried out, the results are awaited. Toxicological tests have also been arranged, for which however we will have to wait at least 15 days. Some boys speak of a second victim, but the news was not confirmed either by the carabinieri of Valentano or by the mayor of the Viterbo municipality, Bigiotti.
Interior Ministry: at work to restore legality, Salvini and Meloni attack
Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese constantly follows the evolution of the illegal rave that continues to go on. The police forces, we learn from sources in the Interior Ministry, «also aware of the serious concerns of local communities, are working with a great sense of responsibility and balance to restore legality as soon as possible. It is necessary – it is emphasized – to let the provincial public security authorities operate according to their specific technical competence, professionalism and experience ».
But the controversy over how the event is being managed does not seem to subside. For the leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, that rave “is a slap in the face of common sense and to the Italians who respect the rules, yet the Interior Ministry is immobile. The League will present a question ». Along the same lines, the leader of the Brothers of Italy Giorgia Meloni: «No one has yet intervened to clear the field. Lamorgese, but where are you? ». Forza Italia senator Maurizio Gasparri, on the other hand, stated: “I bitterly register the surrender of the State in the face of the rave party that goes on substantially undisturbed”. And the deputy of the Democratic Party Luca Sani spoke of “serious default on the part of the Ministry of the Interior”. The National Association of Police Officers has a different opinion. “Who today cries out to scandal and solicits forced interventions – said the spokesman Girolamo Lacquaniti – know that he is insisting on a solution where the possibility of having serious injuries or lethal events is a concrete probability”.
Boys hospitalized in an ethyl coma
Five attendees of the rave party were hospitalized from the effects of alcohol. According to what is learned, four are in an ethyl coma, however the severity of their conditions is not such as to justify a transfer to Grosseto and they are treated in the small hospital in Maremma. According to sources, on the country roads leading to the rave party there is a constant coming and going of ambulances to assist the participants who are feeling bad after days of ‘high’ and music. Some of them are treated on the spot, others transferred to the emergency room. It is not clear at the moment how many people were rescued and from the rave area the information comes fragmentary. Mobile health facilities ensure prompt assistance in case of need.
Peak of 10,000 participants in August
The peak reached by the abusive rave party was 10,000 participants on the day of August 15th: this is the estimate that results, according to what we learn, in the nearby Tuscan municipalities of Pitigliano, Manciano and Sorano (Grosseto), passed by thousands of young people mostly from Aurelia and then headed inland. The roads leading to the rave are now manned by the police who identify and take the number plates of vehicles arriving and departing from the meeting point. The promoters launched the rave on the web through their social channels. The area, a land of open countryside, was organized with trucks equipped for music and other technical functions with French plates, therefore equipped with a gastronomic area, an area for narcotics (a sign reads ‘smoke’), a music area and etc. Numerous participants parked campers and caravans, setting up a large campsite.
The story of a boy from Turin: a baby girl is born
A baby girl was also delivered during the rave. “The night the boy died, shortly after the tragedy in the rave a woman gave birth and gave birth to a new life.” To affirm this at Agi, in a bar in Valentano not far from the rave party, is RB, twenty years old with the dream of opening a farm. He has just left the party area and is looking for a train back to his city of Turin. The choice is between the stations of Viterbo, Rome or Orte. “The ambulance has arrived – says the young man – I think it was a girl who was born”. Inside the rave «the situation is calm. There was fear in the days following the boy’s death (GS, ed). We knew it would be better to avoid swimming in the lake, we were notified two days before arrival. Death, of course, always upsets everyone. People used to say “let’s take a break now or let’s go ahead also respecting those who have covered many kilometers”, because there were people from Finland, the Czech Republic, Andalusia ». He, along with his four friends, left the rave. The others, he says, “are taking everything apart a bit.” The young man from Turin describes the rave party as a sort of small town: «There were bars and services of any kind. Pizzerias, necklace sellers, bars. One of these made hemp pizza. I also met those who read the cards ». Other participants tell of “dead dogs in the sun”.
Manned area, but the rave goes on
Some people continue to dance in front of the wall of loudspeakers set up in the rave area, many others prefer to shelter from the sun or walk, perhaps near Lake Mezzano, but without diving into the water. There are also those who are taking apart their things and are busy collecting the garbage, with whole bags of waste that have been filled and set aside, ready to be taken away. Participants in the rave sleep in campers, caravans or tents. There are no unrest, while the presence of masks is practically nil and this is causing concern for a possible increase in infections from Covid-19.
The area is manned from above by a helicopter of the Guardia di Finanza, while some patrols of the State Police are circulating along the perimeter. A fire brigade truck, on the other hand, is parked a few meters from the heart of the party. Participants come from all over Europe: it is not uncommon to come across German, French, Polish, Spanish and Dutch license plates.