340. Conduct carried out in the absence or default of the official authorities.

Exceptionally, the conduct of a person or group of persons not constituting an organ of the state may be attributed to that state where the person or group of persons is in fact exercising elements of the governmental authority in the absence or default of the official authorities and in circumstances such as to call for the exercise of those elements of authority1. The action of private persons in such circumstances is attributable on the basis that they are in fact exercising elements of governmental authority in circumstances in which such an exercise is objectively called for due to