‘Hostile’ revellers boo at Australian police as officers break up illegal Queensland rave with around 300 people
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Australian police faced an “unruly and hostile” crowd as they broke up an illegal rave attended by up to 300 people in Queensland.
Police said officers responded to complaints from the local community about the illegal party on Wangetti Beach, Far North Queensland, on Saturday morning.
When they arrived at the scene of the party, police discovered multiple coronavirus lockdown breaches with people camping illegally, vehicles parked illegally, alcohol being consumed on the beach, as well as a stage with a DJ playing loud music over a sound system.
A video shows the moment officers were met with loud boos from the revellers as they attempted to break up the party.
One officer is seen walking towards a sound system where he unplugs the sound. The authorities are then heckled further as they disperse the crowd and empty out large amounts of alcohol.
Footage shows the moment police shut down an illegal rave at a Queensland beach (Queensland Police)
Acting Superintendent Mark Linwood said police showed incredible patience and tolerance as they continued to help the crowd leave, despite them becoming “unruly and hostile”.
Police also said the behaviour of the revellers meant they had to bring in “additional resources” to retain control of the situation.
Police unplugged the sound from the DJ desk (Queensland Police)
“By and large Queenslanders have done a great job in combating Covid-19 but we cannot and must not become complacent,” said Acting Superintendent Mark Linwood.
“Covid-19 and the threat it poses to all Queensland communities is real. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure they are practising effective social distancing and following the directions as set out by the Chief Health Officer.”
Around 200 to 300 people are said to have attended the illegal rave (Queensland Police)
Police warned that if people “blatantly disobey” any of the public health directions, officers can issue offenders with on the spot fines of $1,334 (£1,000) for individuals under section 362D of the Public Health Act 2005.
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A 35-year-old Cairns North man was arrested and charged with one count each of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of suspected stolen property, public nuisance and two counts of obstruct police. He is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on November 6.
Two 23-year-old men were also issued with Notices to Appear in court for allegedly drink driving.
A number of Infringements were also issued by local council in relation to illegal camping.