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Justin Bieber banned from Argentina

The oft-controversial Canadian singer's Purpose world tour won't be stopping in the South American country as "the government won't allow it"

By IQ on 17 May 2016

Justin Bieber, Think It Up, 11 September 2015, Disney–ABC Television Group

Bieber, pictured in 2015, didn't make too many friends the last time he played Argentina

image © Disney–ABC Television Group

Proving that it’s not just dance music concerts Argentine officials aren’t too fond of, the Argentinian government has apparently barred Justin Bieber from entering the country.

Bieber, whose Purpose world tour is currently trekking across his native Canada, wrote in a now-deleted tweet that he “would like nothing more than to bring the #purposetour there [Argentina] but the Argentinian government won’t allow it. So sorry.” (He has since revised the tweet to say he can’t tour Argentina “until the legal conditions change”.)

The 22-year-old singer caused pandemonium when he last visited Argentina in 2013. First, Bieber angered many of his local fans by wiping off the stage an Argentine flag thrown at him with his shoes and microphone stand – the Associated Press noted at the time that disgracing the flag is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison – and later allegedly sent his bodyguards to beat up a photographer outside a nightclub where he and his entourage were partying (the international arrest warrant has been dropped but the charges still stand, reports The Guardian).

Following the deaths of five people at the Time Warp festival on 16 April, the government of Argentina capital Buenos Aires announced later that month it is to cease issuing permits for dance music (EDM) festivals.

In other Justin Bieber news, TMZ reports that Canadian promoter Team Productions is suing the singer for US$650,000 for breach of contract after he cancelled an appearance in Montreal in August.