Two people were arrested and 17 others arrested on Saturday for gathering in support of the organizers of the outlawed radical party in Ille-et-Vilaine on New Year’s Eve, the British county said.
Two AFP reporters did not see any gathering at the Place de la République, where the demonstration was originally scheduled to take place between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Prohibited by the prefecture, it was canceled on Friday afternoon by the organizers in view of “threats of criminal sanctions”.
Carrying weapons and possession of drugs
According to the prefecture, however, “a hundred people” appeared in or around this square. “Internal security forces arrested and brought 17 people to the place for identity verification. “It should also be noted that one person is being held by police for carrying a weapon and another for drug possession,” the source said.
In addition, about twenty words were prepared for participating in a banned demonstration and gathering of more than six people. Last week, four people were charged, including a 22-year-old man who was jailed after a stick party that had gathered 2,400 people for New Year’s Eve in Lieuron, a town about 40 miles south of Rennes.