BUENOS AIRES – A judge handed down Friday a precautionary ruling that bans discotheque and dance festival activities in the Argentine capital on grounds that they lack the necessary controls to guarantee participants’ safety, following the death of five youths two weeks ago at an electronic music fest.
In a ruling to which EFE had access, Buenos Aires Judge Roberto Gallardo ordered “the prohibition in the city of all commercial activities of dancing with live or recorded music, whatever the legalities or permitted categories under which they are executed.”
The judge considered the controls imposed by the government of the Argentine capital on such establishments and activities as “arbitrary and illegitimate” and that they suffer from “omissions.”
The precautionary measure, to be enforced immediately, had been requested by the Winds of Liberty Civil Association, the Argentine Trash Collectors and Recyclers Federation, and the Buenos Aires University Federation, or FUBA.
These organizations say that such establishments create an “atmosphere” that leads people to drug and alcohol use by manipulating the temperature and humidity, and by adding other effects such as smoke, the attorney of Winds of Liberty, Juan Brabois, said on the Todo Noticias channel.
Against that position, Osvaldo de Risso, VP of the CEDEBA Chamber of Discotheque and Entertainments Entrepreneurs, asked the judge to “reconsider” what he said was an “inconsiderate” decision.
The controversy over festivals intensified since earlier this month, when five young people died in Buenos Aires for supposedly consuming designer drugs at the Time Warp electronic music festival, while five others were hospitalized.