Clandestine party in a central park in Paris amid the pandemic: the Police dispersed the attendees


Music, hundreds of young people and few precautions. The event reflects a weariness to the containment measures imposed and a certain impotence of the security forces to avoid them

Several hundred young people gathered this Sunday in the Buttes-Chaumont park, in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, to have fun defying the current rules for the coronavirus. The improvised party, when it averaged a Sunday with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees in the French capital, ended when the park officials had to whistle off the assembled, shortly before the start of the curfew that governs the country from 7 in the afternoon.

“It inspires me a lot of consternation and a lot of sadness”, lamented Mounir Mahjoubi, French deputy and former secretary of state. “It is irresponsible, they put all the people who are dear to them in danger,” he commented to the French press, taking stock of what happened.

“There is a fatigue,” acknowledged the legislator. But at the same time he held that “It is irresponsible to endanger all the people who are dear to them” for a party.

Few party-goers had chinstraps or masks

Few party-goers had chinstraps or masks

An open-air disco without masks or social distancing: thus they reflected some images of young people who uploaded to their social networks to share the moment. Shortly after the open-air party started, park guards calmly intervened to end the illegal gathering. The participants dispersed just before the start of the park closure.

In social networks, outrage against this clandestine party and its participants was also shown. “Our dead are watching you. Our caretakers despise you. As for the living, you spit in their faces ”, read in some tweets.

Another user from the same network wrote: “Indecent towards the nursing staff. Indecent towards the tens of thousands of hospitalized patients. Indecent towards all those who suffer socially, economically, healthily. Simply indecent ”.

From August 28, 2020, wearing a chinstrap is mandatory in public spaces in Paris. Meetings of more than six people in the open air have been banned and fined, since the end of March, throughout the country. Anyone who violates these rules can be sanctioned with a fine of 135 euros.

Buttes Chaumont park is a very common place to relax in Paris (REUTERS / Christian Hartmann)

Buttes Chaumont park is a very common place to relax in Paris (REUTERS / Christian Hartmann)

How are these meetings controlled?

The police intervene trying to disperse and evacuate those gathered. Everywhere, on the banks of the Canal Ourcq or on the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin, places chosen by young people in the French capital, the police are on duty to intervene, although they recognize a certain powerlessness in the face of excesses.

Every time a large group is formed, it disperses, especially if they break the bubble rule or if they are consuming alcohol in public spaces are the orders for policemen and gendarmes.

Emmanuel Macron, President of France (Bertrand Guay / Pool via REUTERS)

Emmanuel Macron, President of France (Bertrand Guay / Pool via REUTERS)

At the beginning of March, Emmanuel Macron asked the young people to hold out for four to six weeks.

“There is fatigue, but he is with everyone. And it is true that when we say that the light is at the end of the road and that we are going to resume our life, it will not happen overnight ”, the head of state pointed out.

Meanwhile, the month of June can be a hinge for the vaccination plan. The goal is that all adults who wish to do so can be vaccinated without age limits and achieve immunity that allows them to return to “normality”, especially with the beginning of summer, which will add the launch of a “COVID passport.”

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