Teknival rave was a party organised earlier this year in tribute to Steve Maia Caniço. He drowned in Nantes in 2019 after a controversial police operation.
Amnesty International, the human rights organisation published a report on Tuesday 14th September entitled “Redon: “Free party” of repression”. The report details numerous human rights violations that took place during police enforcement operations at the Teknival festival.
The clampdown by French authorities at the festival resulted in injuries to dozens of attendees at the festival. Amnesty’s report further details over seven hours how French police used tear gas, sting-ball grenades and explosive GM2L grenades. The same force followed for a second day, with sound equipment illegally destroyed by the French police.
Amnesty International compiled the report using interviews, photographs, and videos from the attempted closure of the rave by French police. The report further claims the long duration of the event displays how ineffective these heavy-handed tactics were in shutting the festival down.
At present French police manage and deal with any complaints against them. Amnesty International is recommending an independent body investigate complaints against law enforcement officers. The organisation goes on to say the incident at Teknival was “emblematic of the excesses of the maintenance of order in France” and the approach applied by French police was a violation of “basic principles of the United Nations”.
Amnesty believe even the violence carried out by a small minority of festival attendees and the festival prohibition still did not justify the French police use of force, resulting in them failing to maintain human rights in all circumstances.
The author of the report Anne-Sophie Simpere, told Radio France Internationale spoke about the details of the one raver who reportedly had their hand dismembered:
“From the testimonies we got from different eyewitnesses, there was an explosion, and then he fell back and had his hand ripped off. We cannot conclude anything, but let’s remember that he was in the field at night, and grenades – such as GM2L – were thrown blindly – there was very little visibility, and we know what kind of injuries they can create.”