Curfew: what the Biterrois think of it

Curfew: what the Biterrois think of it

La mesure est accueillie favorablement par de nombreux Biterrois.

À la suite de l’instauration d’un couvre-feu pour les moins de 13 ans, Midi Libre s’est rendu à la rencontre des habitants de Béziers pour recueillir leur opinion sur cette nouvelle mesure.

The announcement gradually spread in the city center of Béziers. From this Monday at 11 p.m., in certain areas of the city, children under 13 will no longer be allowed to go out alone between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. For some residents, this measure is welcomed: " Two years ago, during the Feria de Béziers, I was attacked by minors in a gang", explains Alicia, 22 years old. "They were at most 12 years old and my friend was stabbed by one of them. This measure could help resolve this type of problem".

For some parents, letting their children move around alone in the evening was already unthinkable long before the mayor's announcements. This is the case of Marion, 27 years old, mother of an 11 year old little girl, who fully supports this measure: "I find it very good to put such a system in place. Children don't have to be outside alone. Whether after 11 p.m. or even after school". Marion goes further: "The big problem today is social networks. 13 year olds today look 20 and act like it".

"The heart of the problem is not going to get better with a curfew"

Driss Bouhaja, president of the association for Franco-Moroccan Friendship, is involved in local associations and has been going to priority neighborhoods for more than 35 years as a facilitator and educator . According to him, "the heart of the problem is not going to get better with a curfew". What he recommends is more dialogue between families, neighborhood associations and teachers. Over the years, he has noted the distress of certain families and the challenges encountered in the education of children: "Parents can find themselves destitute in the ;education of their children. They need helpr".

According to him, the areas of action to prioritize are: education, respect and dialogue. This involves in particular more financial resources allocated to the creation of infrastructure: theaters, cinemas, sports halls, etc. He reminds us that "these young people, they are the men of tomorrow". And that we are "all responsible".

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