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Following a warning from Ankara's Atakent municipality, the signboards of "erotic stores" have been changed to "love stores," following a reported demand by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, daily Cumhuriyet has reported.

"The municipality warned us that the prime minister was feeling disturbed because of 'erotic store' signboards," one of the shopkeepers said, adding that the local police had warned him twice that he would face legal action if the signs were not changed.

November/15/2012

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andrew michael

11/17/2012 11:18:37 AM

Prime ministers do not make these sort of decisions in a democratic society. Headmaster Erdogan has pontificated.

mara mcglothin

11/15/2012 11:48:52 PM

Exactly MICHAEL JOHNSON! Perhaps these stores could be labeled "Candy Stores" and then they wouldn't hurt the sensibilities of the PM. He has a very soft constitution.

Fred Doyle

11/15/2012 10:49:44 PM

@Sparks I'm sure those books have all been burned by now....or at least banished.

LEVENT HUSEYIN

11/15/2012 7:54:38 PM

Turkey will see the day where farmers will have no choice but to padlock there animals if this government continues to treat sex as a crime amongst humans. 

Diren Sesel

11/15/2012 7:31:46 PM

porn is already illegal, so i guess kissing in public will be illegal as well.

Brit in Turkey

11/15/2012 7:31:24 PM

A while ago it was reported that in Iran female mannequins in shop windows had to be fully covered, and that mens' ties (a show of western decadence) must not be displayed, but held in closed drawers. Coming to a city near you soon?

Thessalonian

11/15/2012 5:06:47 PM

Erotic, sexual, seductive, lustful, sexy, sensual, etc... It appears these are taboo words in Mr. Erdogan's righteous Islamic vocabulary. Subsequently they are dirty words for all Turks, including secularists. Mr. Erdogan's concept of democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of expression leaves a lot to be desired. Hopefully, Europeans are taking notice of the gradual demise and or replacement of the human rights and freedoms by Mr. Erdogan's notion of what and how they ought to be. Regards

Michael Johnson

11/15/2012 4:06:31 PM

Those that cry the loudest are usually the most guilty.

Brian Irlanda

11/15/2012 3:28:01 PM

I can't believe this is true! :-)) It must be a joke! Surely a Prime Minister of a big country does not have time for such small matters.

Sparks

11/15/2012 2:17:15 PM

Next thing is to remove all signboards for alcohol, underwear, rubber gloves and foreign papers/books will be removed from the pave-way. No access to the internet and after that all over Turkey camera's will be active to control your activities. George Orwell predicted this already in his novels "1984" and "Animal Farm". I suppose the great leader loved those novels. What a shame for all modern Turks!
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