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Mayor revokes Hollerich licences
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Mayor revokes Hollerich licences

14.03.2012 From our online archive
A handful of bars have had their late licence revoked for three months after pockets of violence broke out in the same road.

A handful of bars have had their late licences revoked for three months after pockets of violence broke out in the same road.

"Bar Code", "Jah Bar", "Nexus Bar" and "Hangover" located at 19-21 rue de Hollerich will not be able to remain open until 6am again until mid-May.

The decision was made by Luxembourg mayor Xavier Bettel in a bid to end violence and noise disturbance in the area.

The Ville de Luxembourg said in a press statement: “Many problems occurred repeatedly during the weekend calling for an urgent decision, especially when faced with a growing propensity for violence and disturbing public order result.”

But, the decision has been heavily criticised by owners of the affected bars, who fear it will kill off business altogether. Jah-Bar owner Dino Estevam told wort.lu/en: “It's an injustice! I've done everything the police asked and now they've revoked our late licence. People come because they know I close late. How will I eat now?”

Mr Estevam, who has managed the bar for the last two years says that he had not experienced problems in the area before the end of 2011. He says that his clients are not responsible for the recent spates of violence.

“There's a strong feeling of injustice here. It's just a small number of people causing the trouble and ruining things for everyone else. The police need to get to the bottom of the real problem," he said.

The temporary removal of late licences for the bars concerned is to be reviewed shortly before the three month period has expired.