Thuringia: Techno rhythms fade away: positive police conclusion

Techno fans sorely missed dancing and partying at the Bleiloch reservoir during the corona pandemic.

Thuringia: Techno rhythms fade away: positive police conclusion

Techno fans sorely missed dancing and partying at the Bleiloch reservoir during the corona pandemic. At the weekend they could exhaust themselves again.

Saalburg-Ebersdorf (dpa/th) - At the "SonneMondStars" techno festival, things are being packed up: the majority of the techno fans who came to the festival at the Bleiloch reservoir in south-eastern Thuringia have made their way home. This led to slow traffic and traffic jams on the surrounding roads on Sunday afternoon, the police said. Since Friday, 40,000 people who wanted to dance and party had followed the performances of DJs and musicians on the stages on the lake shore and on a boat on the lake.

In the end, the police drew a mostly positive conclusion. The festival was very peaceful, she said. The officers deployed were mainly dealing with minor drug offenses and individual thefts and physical injuries. Around a kilogram of cannabis, several grams of cocaine and some ecstasy tablets were confiscated. Three officers were slightly injured in a scuffle with a 23-year-old whom they had caught with drugs.

A total of around 300 incidents are on record. This includes stealing a new car. The police are puzzled by a 28-year-old festival visitor who was found seriously injured on Saturday and taken to a clinic. So far it is unclear whether he was the victim of a crime or it was an accident. He himself could not remember anything when questioned. The injuries are not life-threatening. Already on Wednesday, when the fans began to arrive, a young festival visitor was seriously injured when a gas bottle exploded in a tent.

The festival in the border triangle of Thuringia, Saxony and Bavaria, which was recently slowed down by the corona pandemic, is one of the largest for electronic dance music in Germany.

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