Cops shut down an illegal rave at a police station under construction

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Police shut down an illegal rave this weekend (January 21) that was taking place in an under-construction police station in Amsterdam.

The party took place in the Zeeburg district, with around 300 people reportedly attending the event.

When police arrived, people were climbing over a fence surrounding the current station to enter the building. Holes were also drilled in fences by revelers, according to a police department spokesperson.

“The building was practically full,” they said. They confirmed that two people – a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old believed to have organized the rave – had been arrested and all the sound systems used for the party had been seized.

Amsterdam CREDIT: Niels Wenstedt/BSR Agency/Getty Images

The spokesperson added that the illegal rave was not the only illicit event taking place in Amsterdam this weekend. While the cops were busy shutting down this party, their colleagues were attending events elsewhere in the Zeeburg area and elsewhere in the city. Between 150 and 200 people reportedly attended a rave at Korte Papaverweg on the same weekend.

The Netherlands imposed a three-week lockdown at the end of November in a bid to stop the rise in coronavirus cases. In mid-December, cafes, bars and restaurants were closed as the Omicron variant continued to spread. Today (January 26), these establishments received permission to reopen – but they must operate at reduced capacity and close at 10 p.m., while customers must have a COVID pass to enter.

Last summer, it was reported that UK Home Secretary Priti Patel relied on fake data on illegal raves to push for a crackdown during coronavirus lockdowns. A Mixmag study showed the numbers were inflated due to flawed methodology in the way the data was collected.

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