WELLINGTON (dpa) – The leaders of a riot in north-eastern New Zealand that left dozens injured on New Year’s Eve may face charges, police said Friday.
The riot started between two groups at a campground at BW Summer Festival in Gisborne. Police needed three hours to bring the situation under control.
Police and security staff were pelted with bottles and stones, cars were overturned and fires were lit. More than 80 people were injured and more than 60 arrested.
The alcohol-fuelled riot was possibly organised through social media, said Tairawhiti Area Commander Inspector Sam Aberahama.
“It was obvious a plan had been put in place by the main agitators, which quickly spread through the campgrounds,” he said.
The special liquor licence granted to the festival’s organisers had been changed at the last minute to allow people to bring their own alcohol, police said.