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Sun, 02 Feb, 2014 03:53:53 AM
FTimes-STT Report, February 2
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A number of night clubs around the country observed a minute’s silence on Sunday protesting the alcohol policy.
The club authorities observed the silence simultaneously in the bars and discos at 2am.
Organisers claimed that the alcohol policy was a threat to the restaurant and brewery industries as well as an impediment to the work of musicians and performing artists.
The muted protest was backed by the owners of a number of night clubs and musicians’ unions.
According the organiser’s Facebook page, hundreds of night clubs in the country observed the minute of silence.
Night clubs in the country are allowed to remain open until 4am but Päivi Räsänen, minister of interior, has been advocating for limiting the opening hours.
According to Ehkäisevä päihdetyö (Ehyt ry), an organization that stands against substance abuse and promotes healthy ways of living, restaurants have over the years been losing the market share in alcohol sale, especially to the shops.
The organisation, therefore, attributes the loss of alcohol market share to the lifting of alcohol related restrictions and NOT  imposition of stricter alcohol rules.
The organization supports the alcohol policy therefore it is arguing that by allowing shops to sell alcohol sales in restaurants have fell,therefore the policy of allowing shops to sale alcohol is not a strict rule its actually a non-restrictive policy
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