BUENOS AIRES – An Argentine appellate judge has lifted a temporary ban on Buenos Aires night clubs that had been imposed just hours earlier in the wake of deaths at an electronic music festival.
Judge Lisandro Fastman revoked the ban after a “common agreement” among the parties was reached at a hearing held on Friday afternoon.
On Friday morning, another Buenos Aires judge, Roberto Gallardo, banned all night clubs in the capital with recorded or live dance music until safety improvements were instituted, saying the capital government’s controls on those establishments were “arbitrary and illegitimate.”
But hours later a new hearing was held in Fastman’s court in which the associations that had successfully petitioned for the ban, the district attorney’s office, the Buenos Aires government and the Cedeba nightclub owners’ chamber reached an agreement that led the judge to revoke the ban.
Fastman issued the ruling after the Buenos Aires government reiterated its commitment to stop granting permits for “mass electronic music events” and promised to submit a report within five days on the controls carried out in April by the authority tasked with inspecting local night clubs.
The Winds of Liberty Civil Association, the FACyR waste-pickers’ federation, and the University Federation of Buenos Aires had petitioned for the ban, saying that these establishments create an “atmosphere” that leads people to drug and alcohol use by, among other things, manipulating the temperature and humidity.
The controversy over dance music festivals in the capital intensified when five young people died of severe intoxication and five others were hospitalized in critical condition on April 15 after apparently consuming designer drugs at the Time Warp electronic music festival in Buenos Aires.