The not so fun side of Carnival

8th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

8 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — The sleep-deprived neighbour of a bar in Deventer has become so enraged by Carnival festivities, he drilled a hole in the pub's wall and flooded it with water from a garden hose.

8 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — The sleep-deprived neighbour of a bar in Deventer has become so enraged by Carnival festivities, he drilled a hole in the pub's wall and flooded it with water from a garden hose.

Hours later after everyone from the carnival association De Deurzakkers had left, the man screwed the doors of the bar shut. He is now threatening to set off a stink bomb through the hole in the wall if the party continues in coming days. "It is war. We want sleep," Rijkmanstraat resident Tom van den Belt told newspaper De Telegraaf on Tuesday.

Van dan Belt has argued with the pub for the past three years, but carnival celebrations over the past few days have proven to be the final straw. He said the City Council and police have not taken any action against the pub, Café Murphy's.

Pub manager Rianne Jansen said he had placed lives at risk by screwing the emergency exits shut, although Van dan Belt actually reported his actions to the fire brigade.

Jansen also said neighbours have themselves to blame by deciding to live next to a pub, which is in possession of all the necessary permits.

Deventer Mayor James van Lidth was in Brussels on Monday and unavailable for comment. It is noteworthy that Van Lidth was also seen celebrating at Murphy's on Monday.

The pub owner has also reportedly told residents that they can protest all they want, but many council employees are members of De Deurzakkers.

Deputy Mayor Bert Doornebos said the council was well aware of the problems in the district and that noise pollution buffers have already been installed. Nevertheless, he said council officers will investigate the matter further.

Carnival is held every year in various regions across the Netherlands, lasting from the Saturday until Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Christian calendar. Participants dress up, listen to loud music and often drink to excess.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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