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Sat May 29, 2021, 07:58 AM

Turkey clamps down on alcohol as Erdogan pushes Islamist agenda

Turkey clamps down on alcohol as Erdogan pushes Islamist agenda
COVID-19 ban on liquor sales seen as a ploy to reverse 100-year-old secularism
MOMOKO KIDERA, Nikkei staff writer
May 29, 2021 18:57 JST

ISTANBUL -- Turkey, once a fiercely secular republic, is stepping up restrictions on alcohol as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tries to place Islam at the heart of national politics and steer the overwhelmingly Muslim country toward the Middle East and away from Europe and the U.S.

On April 29, the Turkish government imposed a nearly three-week nationwide lockdown and ban on alcohol sales through the end of Ramadan. Even at grocery stores allowed to operate during the period, liquor sections were sealed off with tape notifying customers that the corner has been temporarily closed by government order.

Many people rushed to buy liquor before the lockdown. An employee at a midsize winery in the western region of Thrace said it had received telephone inquiries about delivery from about 30 customers. "I guess we have never sold so much alcohol during Ramadan," she said…. Erdogan has been trying to reverse the country's secularization. Last year, the government converted Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, a World Heritage site secularized by Ataturk in 1934, into a mosque, and this past March it announced a withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, an international accord designed to protect women from violence.

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bronxiteforever May 2021 OP
Historic NY May 2021 #1
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samsingh May 2021 #3
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kimbutgar May 2021 #4
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Sat May 29, 2021, 09:01 AM

1. Another reason not to sell him US weapons...

eventually they will be used against us .

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #1)

Sat May 29, 2021, 09:19 AM

2. +1 also against his own people.

He has certainly made it clear what he thinks of the West.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 10:14 AM

3. so much hope for Turkey destroyed by this lunatic

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Response to samsingh (Reply #3)

Sat May 29, 2021, 11:29 AM

5. +1 agreed

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 10:46 AM

4. This will be as blow to tourism in the country

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #4)

Sat May 29, 2021, 11:32 AM

6. +1 I think so too

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Response to bronxiteforever (Reply #6)

Sat May 29, 2021, 12:24 PM

7. I've been getting cruise brochures for cruises that sail into Istanbul

Won’t book one if it has a destination that prohibits alcohol.

I was in Morocco in 2019 and we enjoyed a local beer sitting outside a small snack place people watching. Morocco has a Muslim leader but it is a secular run country.

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