Friday, August 26, 2005

Diamond Fork, Utah, U.S. - Nearly one hundred police raided a rave style dance party with semi-automatic assault rifles, tasers, tear gas, and dogs, arresting over 250 party goers. The heavily militarized police, from multiple agencies, wore full camouflage and masks while shutting down the party which they said was unpermited. The Utah County Health Department’s Bureau of Environmental Health Services, which is responsible for issuing permits to mass gatherings like the rave, said that organizers had obtained the necessary permits prior to the event. The Sheriff's Office has attempted to further justify the police action by pointing to a number of arrests that were made for drug and alcohol related charges. Other charges included resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and one weapons violation. Attendees claimed that police acted very aggressively and used unnecessary force during the raid. Police in the Czech Republic made a similar raid on a rave last month which resulted in a nationwide scandal. Rave music and culture has a history of repression, particularly in Great Britain where a large radical political movement has developed as a result.