A DJ known for his ‘roving raves’ set up his decks outside Buckingham Palace and then challenged police officers to name what law he was breaking when they asked him to move on. DJ SUAT, as he is known on TikTok, has gone viral in recent months due to having ‘roving raves’ which see him strap mobile decks to himself and walk around public spaces including the London Underground.
The DJ, whose real name is Zach Sabri and lives in from Caterham in Surrey, has brought his equipment to mass cycle rides, speed boats and he even turned the Tube into a rave recently. His videos are often very good-natured and show him being received well by members of the public but that hasn’t stopped police from trying to stop him before.
The video on the DJ’s account @suatism is titled ‘Pt 2: outsmarting police in front of Her Majesty’ and received 4.4 million likes. It shows police trying to shut down one of SUAT’s more subdued raves outside the Queen’s London residence. He appears to have set up in the fountain in front of the palace.
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When they tried to move the performer along, the raver fires back asking why they have come to move him. He says: “Right, so I’m not under arrest,” to which the police officer responds: “You are in breach of park regulations.”
When Zach asks what the regulations are, the policeman responds “I can’t tell you off the top of my head.” SUAT again fires back “so how can you enforce a law that you don’t know off the top of your head?” After this, another officer approaches to inform him that it is a restricted area.
“So what am I not allowed to do in this restricted area?” the DJ rebuffs, to which the officer seems to have no answer and even looks a little amused. The Royal Parks and Other Open Spaces Regulations 1997 does have rules against the “use of any apparatus for the transmission, reception, reproduction or amplification of sound, speech or images” if you don’t have written permission, so the DJ was in fact in violation of the regulations.
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However, the consequences for breaching the rules are so inconsequential, that the raver was never at risk of being arrested or even fined. According to the regulations, the penalty for a breach of the regulations is “that person shall give on demand his name and address to that constable”.
The Met released a statement about the incident saying: “While carrying out proactive security patrols, officers approached a man using amplified noise equipment close to Buckingham Palace. This is in breach of Royal Parks and Other Open Spaces Regulations 1997. Under the regulations, operating any amplified noise equipment in a designated park is prohibited.
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“Officers engaged with the man and highlighted he was in breach of these regulations. No arrests; words of advice given.”
With The Queen’s Jubilee about to get the party started maybe SUAT would be a good person to organise the music, he certainly got the police out of their seats.
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