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Ankara residents have started a social media campaign against a “moral warning” in the local metro system. Residents will gather May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at a central metro station for a protest campaign called “We are kissing at the Kurtuluş metro.”

An announcement at a metro station in Ankara saying, “Passengers, please act in line with moral laws” has drawn criticism from locals. Metro officials reportedly said the announcement was made because of camera footage of youngsters who were deemed to be “acting inappropriately.”

Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Levent Gök submitted a parliamentary question to Interior Minister Muammer Güler over the issue.

A similar protest campaign was held last year in Istanbul after a public bus driver told a couple, “This is not a place for sex.”


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Huseyin Taskin

5/25/2013 8:14:31 PM

Would it surprise anybody if islamic vigilantes began to roam the streets to ensure we abide by the AKP approved lifestyles?


5/25/2013 4:37:32 PM

Hopeless prudes... Regards

Vargen Vargen

5/25/2013 11:28:00 AM

"Moral laws" mentioned above, gives me clear feelings of a "Moral Police" which they have in Iran.

Nageyec Conduz

5/25/2013 9:52:14 AM

@A European, it's not the consumption of the alcohol that is banned after 10pm. it's its sale at the shops and the off licenses. you can still drink it from the Pubs and licensed places. I am sure there are similar practices in Europe as well. However, it's true, for humans, making love in public is not permissible in Turkey nor in any other parts of the world.

Rimon Tree

5/25/2013 9:39:00 AM

I am always amazed why the majority of Turks (now about 51%) can't see this slow but steady detoriation of freedom and love and being replaced by oppression and hate!! Wake up, guys! Defend yourselves!

True Turk

5/25/2013 5:25:08 AM

My admiration for RTE is rapidly diminishing! How dare he take my rights away to drink when I want to or to kiss my girlfriend goodbye or hello? ...that is if I had a girlfriend to kiss, which I haven't at the moment.

Pierre Işık

5/25/2013 2:30:00 AM

@A European: There's no desire for a Saudi Arabia in Turkey, but Erdogan and some of his colleagues want to make Turkey more in line with a conservative and devout arab country, like the UAE or Kuwait which are open yet restrictive societies in many ways.


5/25/2013 1:07:33 AM

Well, Misses Ataturk, it will never be illegal to kiss dear leader's ****


5/24/2013 8:36:43 PM

This is what happens when you let women out in public. ;)

A European

5/24/2013 6:17:30 PM

Oh my! No more alcohol after 10pm, no kissing in public....wait! Are we in Saud Arabia? Lol
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