On Facebook today one of the denizens of the great city of Greater Taichung was complaining about the crackdown on bars: the local English newspapers haven't reported on it, but something like scores of bars and pubs have been closed down in a crackdown since the great pub fire a few months ago.
You may recall that a performer giving a show involving fire set the ceiling of a crowded pub on fire, resulting in the death of 9 and injury to 12. The pub was soon found to have the wrong kind of license for its operations, and the city instituted a crackdown. Since many restaurants and pubs had been operating with the wrong licenses while officialdom winked at them, they were all hurriedly closed. Over 300 apparently....
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