In Paris, five people were arrested and nine policemen were wounded during a clash Saturday night to Sunday in Praça dos Invalides, where young people participated in a party called on social networks under the name ProjetX, in reference to the American film with the same designation .
In small groups, some young people already visibly drunk, celebrating the end of the school or university year, fled the police several times, according to an AFP journalist.
“After hostile shouts and bottles being thrown at the police, the authorities had to use their collective defense weapons,” said local officials, who counted about 2,000 participants at the party.
These incidents take place seven days after the music festival that gave rise to controversial mass meetings of young people, despite the still active circulation of the new coronavirus.
Several people were also arrested in London when the police dispersed young people who were taking part in illegal parties from the street, in a week that was marked by events of the same kind, all over the London region.
The London Metropolitan Police (MET) reported that it imposed “dispersal zones”, perimeters in which police officers have special powers, at Clapham and Tooting Bec parks.
In addition to these open-air parties, there were other meetings considered illegal in the neighborhoods of West Kilburn and Newham, where two people were detained for possession of a “Rambo-type” knife and knife, respectively, according to MET.
The arrests came in a week when the police had to disperse several mass meetings after receiving complaints from neighbors and after 20 officers were injured on Wednesday in a confrontation with participants in the Brixton neighborhood.
MET commander Bas Javid declared that “all of last night’s events were illegal under covid-19 regulations” and noted that while the majority of respondents followed the agents’ orders, a minority “became violent” and will be investigated.