Police coordinator Harmony of Hardcore: “It’s not realistic to demand a festival without any drugs”

Bob Ligthart
By Bob Ligthart

There’s a zero tolerance policy at festivals to prevent drug abuse. Willem de Louw, police coordinator at events such as Harmony of Hardcore, spoke about this with a Dutch newspaper: “You can’t check 30,000 people for banned substances. Apart from the fact it’s not even allowed.”

The dutch newspaper, Brabants Dagblad, interviewed Willem de Louw about safety at festivals. That’s how they asked if there can’t be stricter checks on drugs, on which the police coordinator replied: “At the end we’re doing as much as possible against drug abuse. We follow, together with the organization a zero tolerance policy. But it’s not realistic to demand a festival without any drugs. You can’t check 30,000 people unto the bare ass for banned substances. Apart from the fact it’s not even allowed.”

Besides drugs, there are also other risks that festivals can take with them of course. “You can think of extreme weather or massive brawls. We’re even taking attacks in account. Visitors of an event must always dwell on the risks they can have to do with. But not too much, since they must enjoy themselves”, according to the police coordinator.

“They’re festivals where everybody can be proud of”

Willem de Louw thinks that the international festivals must be cherished in the city, so Harmony of Hardcore is also part of this. For more information about the festival, go to the Facebook page of the event.

Photo by Facebook page Harmony of Hardcore

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  • henry rollins or somebody idk 17 May 2020 - 05:34

    Do you need to be on drugs so you can enjoy the shitty rave music?

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  • Peter 22 October 2019 - 21:12

    So I can’t smoke weed at Thunderdome? :o

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