Alcohol Regulation in Turkey Hits Nerve
on 16/01/11 at 10:48 pmBooze News
A top Turkish official on Thursday defended regulations announced last week on the sale and promotion of alcohol, a tightened regime that has reignited claims that the government has a hidden Islamist agenda. Islam forbids alcohol consumption.
“Our goal is not to limit anybody’s freedom. What we are doing is to make sure there is no irresponsible consumption within the framework of universal values,” said Faruk Celik, minister for labor and social security and a leading voice in the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP. Claims of a hidden agenda were baseless, he told reporters in Istanbul.