Beirut Governor Ziad Chbib shut down the famous Beirut nightclub The Gärten for disrespecting religious practices and beliefs. A video taken at the club shows Quran verses being played. It was widely spread on social media. The Governor ordered the club to be sealed with red tape, according to a
. The decision came after an investigation found that the club is unlicensed and broadcasts music that is disrespectful to religion. Yesterday, The Gärten apologized for its closure on
The news got mixed reactions
Btw being “civilized” or “open minded” doesn’t mean disrespecting other’s religion and if you see that there’s nothing wrong with what The Garten did well we have a problem here.
— Nour✨ (@NourH92) May 19, 2018
PSA: you are allowed to feel angry over what the DJ in Garten did. You are allowed to criticize it. You are allowed to never go there again. However, the state has no business closing it down. What the DJ did was not a crime, it was distasteful and disrespectful at best.
— Hadeeł (@PasUnNewYorker) May 20, 2018
I think that closing the Garten because of you what happened is disproportionate. A substantial fine would do.
— requiem (@_savagesouls) May 20, 2018
Not the first time this year
Two months ago, the famous nightclub in Beirut “Discotek” was
because the dancers of Cirque Le Soir were performing explicit moves. The video of the performance went viral online. A few weeks later, the nightclub reopened and threw a welcome back party.