Why you say? Islamists sez alcohol is haraam
Restrictions on alcohol are intensifying under the rule of the Islamist AK Party
Turkey – once a relatively liberal haven in the Muslim world, is Islamising fast under it’s AK Party government – and restrictions on alcohol are at the forefront of the push:
Guests at the Istanbul premiere of a new vampire film were among the first victims of new curbs on alcohol that have raised secularist fears Islamic strictures may be encroaching on everyday life.
The rules, announced earlier this month by the tobacco and alcohol watchdog, tighten up license requirements for serving alcohol, impose restrictions on alcohol marketing and limits sales to designated areas in stores.
But the move has revived secularist accusations that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoǧan’s government is interfering in people’s lifestyles and imposing Islamic values.
Cross posted at Jawa Report