AN ILLEGAL rave turned into a violent "pitched battle" with cops as revellers attacked with iron bars and rocks near a tourist beach in Ibiza.
More than 70 people have been arrested and 11 police officers injured after the violence flared near a popular tourist beach in Ibiza.
Cops say they were attacked with iron bars and had missiles including rocks thrown at them when they tried to bring the all-night party to an end on Sunday morning.
One officer reportedly had to fire his gun into the air to avoid being attacked by angry revellers.
The violent scenes, described by one witness as a “pitched battle”, occurred in a protected woodland area near the beautiful beach of Cala Conta in the west of the island.
The number of arrests was initially said to be around 40, for crimes including resisting arrest, disobedience, assaulting police officers and wounding, but later went up to 73.
Civil Guard chief Enrique Gomez, who put the number of party-goers still at the rave when police went in at around 200, said: “When officers arrived to tell them they had to leave and stop the music because it was an illegal party in a protected area, they refused to do so, provoking police and even assaulting them and injuring several.”
The injuries of the local police officers and Civil Guards who were hurt have been described as “non-serious” and they were dealt with by medical responders at the scene.
Around 40 officers – local police employed by the town hall of San Jose which is the municipality covering Cala Conta and Civil Guard – are understood to have been involved in the operation to halt the rave.
A Spanish woman aged 27 and an Italian man aged around 30 who were among the revellers, were taken to hospital for injuries including a broken bone.
Local reports said several caravans with foreign number-plates had been parked at the scene, although there has not yet been any official word on the nationalities of the detainees.
Several “dangerous dogs” were seized by officers who acted to halt the rave, which town hall sources said they thought may have gone on for several days if police had not stepped in.
Earlier in the night, an estimated 1,000 revellers are said to have been at the rave before numbers dwindled and the police operation swung into action.
The woodland where the incidents occurred is between Cala Conta and Cala Bassa, home to a well-known club called Cala Bassa Beach Club and a short distance from the Brit-popular party resort of San Antonio.
Cala Conta, also known as Cala Comte or Platges de Comte, is regarded as one of the most beautiful coves in Ibiza and is famed as a superb place to watch the sun come down.
The cove actually consists of several stretches of beach which can get very crowded.
Illegal raves in isolated homes and rural areas have become a growing problem in Ibiza in recent years.
San Jose mayor Josep Mari Ribas Agustinet said Sunday’s crackdown should serve as a warning to anyone planning on organising parties of this kind.
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