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Government was not against pubs per se, but was only opposing "illegal activities," carried out in the guise of the so-called pub "culture".
"We are fully aware of people's rights and will never intend to curb one's freedom."
"The government intends to stop all activities that are perceived to be illegal, other than those for which the pub owner has taken licence."
"It can bring down crime rate in a big way by doing so and can avoid major crimes."
Concern over the large number of teenagers and youngsters spending their quality time at watering holes by bunking classes... "What will happen to their career, if they are allowed to continue with this?"
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