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City raises security bar - but clubs not targeted

Despite widespread rumors, Shanghai police yesterday reassured the city's resident and visiting night owls that legal bars and clubs were not facing mass closures or raids as part of a World Expo security initiative in the city.

However, officers said expats and tourists should carry valid IDs, such as passports, to fast-track planned police night patrol checks during the six months of the Expo.

"We are not going to check everyone," senior police officer Zhu Liang told Shanghai Daily yesterday. "We only check people we find acting suspiciously."

The Shanghai Public Security Bureau issued the nightlife clarification after a number of online expat community forums posted notices saying many more pubs and night clubs would be closed as authorities tightened security during the World Expo.

The Shelter, one of the city's most well-known bars in Changning District's Xinfu Road, was reported to be closed indefinitely over the weekend.

"We were told to close over safety concerns," Gary Wang, owner of The Shelter, said yesterday.

He was told it was an Expo issue and "we should be cooperative."

Officials with the Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau said they were investigating illegal facilities as many pubs in the city were unlicensed.

Wang said he did not know the exact reason for the closure as all relevant paperwork was in order and the bar was not too noisy at night.

"We've been operating the bar for two years and I don't think that would be possible if we had been illegal," he said.

The closure of The Shelter has caused an online uproar.

"Why would they close the only venue that represents urban music and culture in Shanghai?" asked irate Netizen "milan j" on

"Welcome to better city, boring life," said Netizen "enron666."

"We have beefed up the level and frequency of daily patrols but bars have not been specifically targeted in the operation," police officer Zhu said.

Not all bars in Changning were asked to close.

John Nguidjol, marketing director of the Anar, said it was business as usual for his venue during the Expo period "with no extra requirements."

"There were some checks at my venue but were all regular ones," Nguidjol said.

He said similar closures had happened during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Yuyintang, another popular bar featuring live music, was reportedly closed last week for being deigned too small to hold big shows after a sudden raid. However, the bar reopened on Tuesday.


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