Friday, February 5, 2010



  Closure notices have been served on some of the world's most famous dance clubs causing revellers to cancel their trips to dancetastic Ibiza. 
  A crackdown on the island's drug-fuelled nightlife spells disaster for its summer season as clubs Amnesia, Bora Bora and DC-10 were all told to shut their doors for at least a month.
Police have accused club organisers of tolerating dealing and drug consumption among clubbers and have also fined them.

  A night at Amnesia - one of the Ibiza clubs closed for suspected drug tolerance
The three clubs collectively attract about 7,000 people every night through the summer as Ibiza's brand as global clubbing capital brings young dance fans in their droves.
  Amnesia has reopened after being forced to close for the first month of the season. Bora Bora will reopen this week while DC-10 is fighting closure through the courts.
  The clubs on the island, off Spain's east coast, are all refuting the allegations and demanding compensation for loss of earnings.
  A spokesman for Amnesia said it used best practice to prevent drugs on its premises. He told the Guardian: "This is a huge blow to our prestige, and that of the islands, gained over three decades of hard-work."
The latest closures follow a two-year police investigation. Local newspaper Diario de Ibiza reported that undercover officers found one nightclub offered so-called "snorting cabins" in which revellers could consume drugs.
  The cabins reportedly included a ledge for dealing out drugs, and a lock. They reportedly had traces of cocaine, hashish and blood-stained hankerchiefs.
Government officials said the closures were carried out after club owners failed to react after a series of meetings with them.
  Ramon Socias, government delegate in the Balearic islands, said: "It is obvious that, after such meetings, some sort of measures needed to be taken.
  "We are acting with great energy against the entry of these substances into the islands but we cannot get everything. The proof of that is that there continues to be consumption in public places."
Club owners say the closure orders, which a local court said should not have been enacted immediately, threatened the economy.

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