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Turkish wine is under threat

By Barry Smith   August 2013

The protests that recently erupted in Turkey have many causes but the discontent is tied to concerns that the government is pushing an increasingly conservative social agenda. One of these concerns is the perceived threat to secular society of a law, approved by the President in June, that restricts the sale of alcohol.

Most advertising of alcoholic drinks is now prohibited; retail sales will be banned after 10pm; and no new alcohol licences will be granted for food and drink outlets located within 100 metres of schools and mosques. Between them, there is one virtually on every corner.

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