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Update: 18:14, 28 June 2013 Friday

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Late night alcohol sale banned in Belgrade like Turkey
Late night alcohol sale banned in Belgrade like Turkey

The selling of alcoholic drinks from 10 pm at night until 6 am in the morning has become banned in the Serbian capital.

The Belgrade City Assembly has reintroduced its ban to sell alcoholic drinks from 10 pm at night until 6 am in the morning.

Stores will not be allowed to sell alcoholic drinks from 10 pm at night until 6 am in the morning with the exception of Serbia's New Year holidays, celebrated according to Gregorian and Julian calendars.

The ban is being introduced with the goal of "protecting the lives, health, and safety of the citizens which is more important than a small shop closing," City Council member Milan Popovic said and added, "If you ask parents whose children go out at night whether they are more comfortable or not following the ban, they will definitely say they are more comfortable following the ban."

Those who wish to consume alcohol can buy it before 10 pm and drink it at their homes and restaurants, Popovic added.

Young people didn't favor the decision much whereas some citizens supported it when asked on the streets of Belgrade by Anadolu Agency.

"Unfortunately, the youth exaggerates such decisions. It is important that selling of alcohol is banned on streets in Serbia at night, like all civilized states," a citizen in Belgrade said.

The city originally introduced the ban in February 2011, after which protests were held in Belgrade against the prohibition. The Constitutional Court ruled it unconstitutional in October of last year. The decision will take effect once it has been published in the Official Gazette of the City of Belgrade.

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