World Central African Republic: the most famous dance hall in Bangui reopens its doors despite the curfew

15:30  15 february  2021
15:30  15 february  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le dancing Le Zodiac à Bangui, Centrafrique. © RFI / Charlotte Cosset The Zodiac dance hall in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Bangui has been living under the curfew since the beginning of January. And one of the consequences is the closure of restaurants and nightclubs in the evening and at night. This weekend, it is one of the institutions of the capital, the Zodiac - opened in the 2000s and which had not closed its doors during the crisis of 2013 - which reopened its doors, but within the framework official timetables established by the authorities.

With our correspondent in Bangui, Charlotte Cosset

The heavy-handed bouncers are there, the large swing doors open and close on customers. It’s dark inside, the music is playing, and on the track, couples and singles are jiggling.

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However, it is 4 o'clock in the afternoon, but Achilles, the owner of the place, has resigned himself to opening the day: "These are the people who ask me. I normally don't like it because it's a nightclub, not a day club. I have to accept because customers ask for it. You have to adapt because it's a bit difficult. The real problem is that there are staff who are at home and I have to shoot. The curfew, we don't know when it's going to end. "


Whiskey in hand, costume and hat on his head, Rufin came to enjoy:" We came to spend a little Valentine's Day with friends. "Rufin is a trader and it is important for him to be able to take his mind off this difficult time:" We live very hard because the prices are soaring. The Bangui-Douala corridor is still not open and it is not obvious. So everyone takes a hit, which makes the wallet very tight. So suddenly it’s a bit of anxiety. Changing our minds is all we have left in a country like ours where things are going badly.

The capital lives under curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. Discussions are underway to lighten the device.

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