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Turkish president approves bill restricting alcohol sales

Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish President Abdullah Gül has approved a controversial bill restricting the sale and advertising of alcohol. The new restrictions were one of the reasons people have taken to the streets as part of the Taksim Square protests.

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Turkish President Abdullah Gül has approved a controversial bill restricting the sale and advertising of alcohol, Anatolia news agency reported on June 10.

Gül had previously said the bill should be seen as a “regulation” rather than a ban.

The new restrictions were one of the reasons protesters have taken to the streets as part of the Taksim Gezi Park protests, voicing demands that include respect for personal lifestyle choices.

On May 24, Parliament’s General Assembly adopted the alcohol bill proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), tightening restrictions on the sale and advertising of alcoholic beverages.

Retailers will no longer be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages between 10pm and 6am, according to the bill.

Student dormitories, health institutions, sports clubs, all sorts of education institutions and gas stations will now be banned from selling alcohol.

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