Lisbon Police Dispersed Large Gathering at Miradouro Near Bairro Alto

Apparently, a few of you decided to really party it up on the first night of "freedom" from the state of emergency.

Within 24 hours of Portugal getting out of its 15th state of emergency, Lisbon’s police broke up a gathering of anywhere from 100 to 500 people at one of Lisbon’s most iconic outdoor spaces, according to various news reports. 

A according to a spokesperson for Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP – Public Security Police) cited by Público, PSP dispersed a group of approximately 100 revelers from Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara in the early hours of Sunday morning. The police didn’t make any arrests or even citations, however, the publication writes. 

That’s despite many people violating the rules still currently in place, namely, the use of a mask when social distancing isn’t possible and a ban on alcohol consumption in public places, according to several news outlets.

Related: Portugal’s State of Emergency Ends Apr. 30 as per the President

Lusa reports that the crowd was actually around 500 people, who started filling up the miradouro after the restaurants closed Saturday evening at 22h30. Observador was on the scene, but it’s hard to tell whether there were indeed that many people at the miradouro:

In any case, a source within PSP tells Lusa that they’re investigating whether the party was spontaneous or organized on social networks.

If you have any information, please let us know

Related: How’s Portugal’s Vaccination Going? Not Bad! Really!

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