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Raves, government decree and Martian response

The debate on the anti-rave decree of the Meloni government is on fire. Was it really necessary? Did you need such a strong response? Why are young people scary? What they are, how they are born, what the raves hide: we try to understand it by observing them from the porthole of a spaceship.


In Italy a very heated debate has opened around the phenomenon of rave parties. The starting point was the first law decree passed by the Meloni government that introduced the crime of "invasion of land and buildings for gatherings dangerous for public order" committed "by a number of people over fifty" and punished "with the penalty of imprisonment from three to six years and with the fine from one thousand to ten thousand euros". An immediate response from the newly installed executive to a news story whose echo was beginning to bounce in the media: a large gathering convened in the province of Modena that involved thousands of young people from all over Europe. 

Event that triggered the alarm for the dangers it was creating (it was taking place in an abandoned shed whose structures are considered unsafe).This problem was solved brilliantly by the police forces, by dissolving the meeting without any incident and by convincing the young people to leave the occupied premises after having even cleaned them. A true masterpiece of public order management in application of existing laws. 

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In a nutshell: a rave was held on the outskirts of Modena, the alarm went off, the police intervened, the knot was masterfully untied by applying the rules in force and then everything went in the best way. At this point, was it really necessary to have a decree introducing a crime of association of people that would exacerbate the penalties so severely that it would create embarrassment even within the government itself? Or was the primary need to affirm the change of course that occurred with the victory of the right? «I am proud of the anti-rave decree», said Meloni. «There is no going back» thundered Salvini, who in theory should deal with infrastructure, but he cannot help but put his word in every place: «illegality will no longer be tolerated». 

The problem, alas, is precisely the legality of the measure, a matter which is exacerbating the debate even within the majority. The Constitution states in Article 77: «The Government cannot, without delegation of the Chambers, issue decrees that have the value of ordinary law. When, in extraordinary cases of necessity and urgency, the Government adopts, under its responsibility, provisional measures with force of law, it must present them the same day for conversion to the Chambers which, even if dissolved, they are specially convened and gather within five days». 

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Given how things went, it is natural to ask: were there really the conditions of necessity and urgency to adopt a measure in the face of a fact managed impeccably by applying, as we have seen, the laws in force? A Martian who, sent to earth, found himself observing from the porthole of his spaceship the case of the Modena rave, after reading the rules of the game would have answered no. Yet the decree was issued. 

But the necessity and urgency of the decree are not the only stumbling blocks on which the measure is going to crash. Indeed, given the reactions of the unions and what remains of the opposition, they do not even seem the most insidious. As formulated, the measure covers any form of grouping involving more than 50 persons. In theory, any kind of demonstration, on the streets, in the factory, at school, could be considered a seditious gathering and therefore see the measure applied. We are therefore faced with a legislative gamble that As it was said, it triggered a strong reaction and forced the government to a partial reversal that saw the interior minister Piantedosi himself declare that in the process of transformation into law the decree will be amended.

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Despite the assurances of manner  - "We will never deny anyone the right to demonstrate for their ideas", said Prime Minister Meloni - growing fear that you want to go ahead on the road that sees the target youth population, especially the part that manifests discomfort and intolerance.

But what are raves, where they are born and why? The progenitor is undoubtedly Woodstock, the mega hippie gathering that was held from 15 to 18 August 1969 in Bethel, a small town 105 miles from New York. The rave phenomenon itself dates back to the 1980s, takes shape in the United States and is imported into Europe. The aim is to oppose conservative culture and the model it imposes is that which indicates in the temporary appropriation of spaces the way through which to manifest dissent. Raves last an average of two to three days, during which techno music is continuously played, a genre that finds no place in clubs and conventional radio. We dance, we do not sleep and we consume drugs in quantities, especially synthetic and exciting drugs. So it is not a question of manifestations to be pointed out, for example, we would miss it. The fact remains that raves take root in time and with the advent of technologies take shape with greater strength: before they were organized by word of mouth and leaflets, today it is the chats to provide real-time indications and modalities of meetings that, as in the case of Modena, They’re rallying thousands of kids. And the immediacy of communication that digital evolution guarantees, does not help prevent.

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How to manage such a phenomenon? The Germans seem to have found the key, whose cast looks decidedly different from that adopted by the Italian government. This was explained to Corriere della Sera, Pierfrancesco Pacoda, professor of the Dams of Bologna: «In Germany - the professor has asserted -, of raves illegal, there are a lot less, because the administrations give spaces to who organizes this kind of events, as they are considered culture and not only a matter of public order. And in fact they generated a huge induced». 

Induced means work, money, wealth. Are we therefore sure that the path of repression is the right one? It would be interesting to know the answer that the Martian, before closing the porthole, order the ignition of the engines and go away aboard the spacecraft, would consider it right to provide. Those who swear to have seen him before departure assure that he left shaking his head.