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Save Kompass Klub Ghent from closing

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Sign my petition to show your support for Kompass Klub in Ghent, Belgium.

After a recent event of a young man who died in January, caused by taking MDMA.  The city of Ghent decided yesterday to start a procedure against the club which might cause the closure of the club.

However sad this event is, for his family and friends, which includes residents of the club and other people working in the club. Kompass Klub cannot be held responsible and closing the club wouldn’t solve the issue. 

Recently an afterclub has closed its doors in Ghent (Decadance) which was an institution for many people, and this after more than 20 years of existence. The reason, they got many procedures against them to get them closed. At the end the city won, the owner was tired of all those procedures and bad publicity, so they closed the club.

The reason why I’ve brought up this story is because it shows something about us, the clubbing community, about the culture behind no matter how old you are, rich or poor, colour or gender, you are welcome in the club and you will be looked after. Everyone is dancing and having a good time, with a smile on their face.

Kompass Klub do their best to keep their customers safe and adopt a zero drugs policy. Closing Kompass Klub would be an incredibly short-sighted response to a complex problem, that requires more effort than simply closing a club. 

Personally, I believe more collaboration between police and the club would be a step forward, having the red cross available in the club might also help.

By this petition I really hope we can show the city of Ghent, the problem is larger and singling out the techno club scene and closing club - Kompass Klub or any club - will never be the answer.

Not to mention all the loyal techno fans and ravers are possibly being punished by this harsh measure.

Thank you for your support! Christophe M.

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