Rouens. Why the associative bar le Burdeau is closing permanently
Through Mathieu Normand
The associative bar the burden had been on probation for a few months Rouen (Seine-Maritime). The team of volunteers announced “with great regret” the end of the adventure in January 2023, through a long message on social networks full of disappointment and resentment towards those who made life difficult for their project. She points the finger at the prefecture, the City and part of the neighborhood.
Multiple controls and pressures
This adventure, which will have lasted a little over a year, was intended to mix aspects festive, cultural and solidarityby selling drinks and organizing concerts, debates, exhibitions, but also distributions of bread and free stores. “Nearly a ton of bread was distributed, hundreds of kilos of clothes, and probably a good quantity of beers added to all this during convivial evenings”, recalls the association.
From the volunteers’ perspective, the situation has taken “the turn of a real ordeal” after neighborhood disputes, as well as various checks carried out by the services of the prefecture, the national police and the City. A situation that they explain in part by the proximity of the team members to “political protest movements in the social and ecological field”.
The prefectural checks would have remained “without direct legal consequence but not without psychological pressure”. Those of the City, on the other hand, led to the obligation to set up an acoustic limiter. This installation, impossible because too expensivewould have scored the coup de grace.
New initiatives to come?
76news exchanged with several neighbors, who claimed to be “living through hell” since the arrival of the bar and the launch of the concerts. Some left for the weekend, others permanently, the unhappy ones who remained felt “trapped”. Despite the efforts made by the bar by limiting itself to acoustic concerts, it was “always very strong”, assures one of them.
” The town hall is not the GIGN, nor territorial information, answers the municipal councilor in charge of the right bank to the feeling of relentlessness pointed out by the association. We cannot always be in the claim. You also have to be in living together, know how to integrate and I think there was an oversight on this point. »
“We obviously recognized all the members, the artists, the zikos, our regular clique, all those who in one way or another participated in this good delirium and who supported us! “Launches the Burden by way of goodbye, which could well give rise to new initiatives in other forms. Bread distributions will continue on Wednesday evenings at Diable au corps.
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