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Italy’s far-right government has said it will make raves a criminal offence

Italy’s far-right government has said it will make raves a criminal offence

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Italy's far-right government has said it will make raves a criminal offence

People organising unauthorised parties in Italy could face up to six years behind bars and over $AU15,000 in fines under tougher proposals agreed to by the Italian Government this week.

It comes after Italian police brought an end to a two-day Halloween rave on Monday, which was held in an abandoned warehouse and attended by over 1,000 people.

The rave only ended after residents in Modena, a city in northern Italy, complained about 48 hours of non-stop techno music being played during the event.

It’s been reported that organisers used social media to attract partygoers from across Italy and Europe, with plans for it to last until Tuesday.

Last year, a large-scale rave in the Italian city of Viterbo ended in the death of at least one person.

Political background

Meloni became PM following an election in September. She is the founder, and leader, of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, which governs as part of a right-wing alliance.

The previous government, led by former PM Mario Draghi, was already planning stronger laws against raves.

The penalties

Meloni will impose stronger penalties than what was proposed by her predecessor.

Under the laws, people found to be organising raves could be imprisoned for 3-6 years, fined between $AU1,500 to $15,000, and have the speakers and sound systems used for the rave confiscated.

This would only apply to raves that pose a danger to public safety, order, or health, and involve over 50 people.

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