Anti-drugs league advocates festival ban / News / The Foreigner

The Foreigner Anti-drugs league advocates festival ban. A police drugs swoop at the weekend has prompted anti-drug campaigners to suggest parents stop their children attending Norwegian summer music festivals. “The under-18s shouldn’t be allowed to go and their parents should take responsibility,” Knut Reinås, head of the League Against Intoxicants (Forbundet mot rusgift) tells NRK. 75 officers using drugs detection dogs at the Extrema Outdoor Festival on Kvaløya in Bærum municipality arrested approximately 180 people, the youngest was 19. Fines were issued totaling about 900,000 kroner.

extremaoutdoorfestivaldrugarrests, kvaloeyaelectronicmusicfestival



The Foreigner Logo

The Foreigner is an online publication for English speakers living or who have an interest in Norway. Whether it’s a glimpse of news or entertainment you’re after, there’s no need to leave your linguistic armchair. You don’t need to cry over the demise of the English pages of Aftenposten.no, The Foreigner is here!

Norske nyheter på engelsk fra Norge. The Foreigner er en engelskspråklig internett avis for de som bor eller som er interessert i Norge.

Google+ Google+ Twitter Facebook RSS RSS



News Article

LATEST:

}

Anti-drugs league advocates festival ban

Published on Monday, 27th June, 2011 at 15:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

A police drugs swoop at the weekend has prompted anti-drug campaigners to suggest parents stop their children attending Norwegian summer music festivals.



“The under-18s shouldn’t be allowed to go and their parents should take responsibility,” Knut Reinås, head of the League Against Intoxicants (Forbundet mot rusgift) tells NRK.

75 officers using drugs detection dogs at the Extrema Outdoor Festival on Kvaløya in Bærum municipality arrested approximately 180 people, the youngest was 19. Fines were issued totaling about 900,000 kroner.

“We have taken urine samples of those arrested for possession. Results show many had used almost the entire spectrum of narcotics,” says Police Chief Torodd Veiding of Asker og Bærum Police.

Meanwhile, police and the Mayor of Bærum Odd Reinsfelt want to ban the festival completely.

Whilst politicians from all Parties’ youth movements strong criticise the mayor for his remarks, the Dutch electronic music festival’s press spokesperson, Dominic Gorham, asks Mr Reinsfelt to meet and discuss the matter further.

“We have cooperated closely with police to make the festival as drug-free as possible. We managed to stop many who were under the influence of drugs getting in to the festival area. Closing the festival won’t solve the drug problem,” he tells Aftenposten.

Chief of Police Veiding praises the festival organisers for their zero drug-tolerance policy, but claims, “there is something about this type of arrangement that attracts heavy drugs-users.”

Regarding next year, he says in a press statement, “I will have difficulty recommending this festival takes place again next year when we have witnessed these types of consequences.”

Almost 500 people attended the festival, arranged for the second year running.



Published on Monday, 27th June, 2011 at 15:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: extremaoutdoorfestivaldrugarrests, kvaloeyaelectronicmusicfestival.





  
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!