In December last year, Plett Rage was cancelled for obvious reasons.
Cramming countless teenagers into the same space doesn’t really correspond with physical distancing regulations.
We learned that the hard way from Ballito Rage, which went ahead despite fears that it would turn into a super-spreader event.
It did – no surprises there.
Rage is the South African equivalent of America’s Spring Break, with the Miami version getting wildly out of hand this past weekend.
There were the standard violations – thousands of people in the same space, with few masks, and no regard for the risks posed by COVID-19.
Then Miami, overwhelmed by the chaos, enforced an 8PM curfew to try and get things under control, which was ignored.
Over to News.com.au.
Even as special weapons and tactics teams rolled in to block the streets and used piercing sound cannons to try to clear the completely packed streets, the parties continue to rage for hours, a reporter for the Daily Beast noted from the scene.
Yup, SWAT was brought in to help, and that was still not enough to force people indoors and away from each other.
Videos from social media and YouTube captured the mayhem:
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) March 20, 2021
More spring break action in Miami Beach last night. As DeSantis calls it an “oasis of freedom” pic.twitter.com/kGk3XFbzYa
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) March 22, 2021
A friend of mine recorded this in Miami Beach during spring break last night. pic.twitter.com/YHqjMB8eFL
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) March 19, 2021
WATCH: A car burned in Miami Beach amid concerns over large spring break crowds. Authorities responded by declaring a state of emergency and setting a curfew, among other precautionary measures. https://t.co/wW8HDhKnIw pic.twitter.com/LRvuboYjFZ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 21, 2021
Watch: #Miami Beach’s commissioners will hold an emergency meeting to determine whether to extend an unusual 8 p.m. curfew aimed at curtailing spring break crowds that got so out of hand that authorities had to call in SWAT teams.https://t.co/iLqoHObCJL pic.twitter.com/KD3iiimbIm
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) March 22, 2021
Police ultimately fired pepper spray into the crowds.
“It’s as bad as ever.”
Miami Beach hotel owner Mitch Novick’s surveillance cameras captured this wild scene. You hear a pop, and then see the crowd running.
I’ve known Mitch for years — and he says Spring Break has never been this bad on the beach. pic.twitter.com/UOBPEnFjvR
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) March 21, 2021
The streets weren’t fully cleared until close to midnight.
Miami Beach City’s interim city manager Raul Aguila declared a state of emergency.
A word from a partygoer:
“It’s crazy out here,” Q Johnson, a 20-year-old student at Manhattan College in New York, said.
“It’s lit. It’s chaotic … Too many m****r f*****s out here being lawless.”
He insisted he was not worried about the pandemic, saying: “We’re good. We’re young.”
Another student said that the curfew wasn’t going to stop him: “We will continue to rage. The bars are great.”
Not a vibe.
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