“We are fed up”, say a couple of young people, who leave by car from a squatted farmhouse, relatively close to Llinars del Vallès (Barcelona), where a rave with 400 attendees at the end of the year. Some of those who were expelled stopped by the house, which has been squatted for eight years, because they knew the hosts. “But it has not been squatted by people from the rave”They repeat. In the distance you can see some parked trucks, similar to those of the party that lasted 40 hours and caused social outrage, criticism for the late intervention of the Mossos and another crisis among the partners of the Catalan Government.
That is the only trace of the rave, which was followed almost live on January 1 and 2, and resulted in the arrest of two people, accused of being the organizers: Laura V., 29 years old of Dutch origin, and the Spanish Joan F., from 22. The two are related to the teams that allowed to keep the party techno in full pandemic. With no antecedents in Spain, the young man from Tarragona was already arrested in 2018 in Italy accused of organizing raves and drug possession, and was sentenced to five months in prison, according to Italian media. The chronicles of the moment explain that the young man was traveling with two more Catalans in a van. They were accused of managing the raves through the internet and take advantage to sell drugs.
A way to gestate ”Free party”Similar to the one that occurred in Llinars, although everyone knows you from the environments raveros they target the French as the leaders of the party. “Those sound system mobiles, with vans, trucks, buses, caravans … they are French ”, explain people who have participated in this type of movement. The raves organized by French people in the Tarragona area, some very popular, like the one held in 2003 in the old military camp of Castillejos, with 3,000 attendees. Of the 215 people identified by the Mossos in Llinars, 100 were Spanish; 35, French; 10, Italians and 3, Andorrans, among others.
“Most are nomadic people, who live in their vans, and have their own means,” police sources explain about the profile of the participants in Llinars. And they say that two years ago something similar was held in the municipality for the Sant Joan festival. There is no doubt that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to collect a large part of the fines. And the case against the detainees, who are free on charges with the obligation to appear periodically before the judge, is being investigated for the crimes of disobedience and resistance. Another four investigated will be cited later.
“A couple of weeks before I had heard that something big was being organized in Alcover (Tarragona)”, explain sources familiar with the environment of the raves, without daring to venture that from Alcover he moved to Llinars. “It moved through Facebook, Telegram groups and something on Instagram,” he says. Òscar Nin, art historian, and music critic, connoisseur of this type of techno parties. Although the Mossos spoke that they could have been summoned by cards or brochures, he denies it: “People no longer move with paper.” And he assures that they are financed with the sale of drugs, especially ketamine and MDMA (ecstasy).
Nin, very critical of the celebration in the middle of the pandemic, which he attributes to posh crusties with a certain denialist background, points out that the sound system that they carried “is superior to one of the small rooms of the Razzmatazz. A medium-sized disco in the provinces does not have those teams ”. And he criticizes the “garrafal failure” of the Mossos: “It doesn’t take you 10 minutes to mount a sound system that looked like the Sónar festival ”.