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Municipality teams confiscated signs from Beyoğlu locations last night in a midnight raid that reportedly aimed to preserve the appearance of historical buildings the area, daily Akşam reported.

Restaurants, bars and stores around the Galata and Galipdede districts of Beyoğlu, as well as locations around the Ağa Mosque were included in the sweep.

A major street with many bars was also raided as a crane and a team of 10 officials patrolled the district.  
The municipal teams conducted the raid in the middle of the night reportedly to avoid the "mayhem" that might have resulted from shop owners resisting the removal of their signs during normal, day-time working hours.

August/15/2012

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Blue Beyond

8/15/2012 6:49:56 PM

Nardis jazz club - coolest cafe in Europe. Leave it alone Mr. Erdogan.

mara mcglothin

8/15/2012 4:04:56 PM

Yeah DANIEL I am sure like everything else, signs are regulated, BUT in Turkey all rules were made to be broken. Just look at all the stop signs and red lights that are run on a daily basis by everyone. We all know what this is about and it isn't signs.

Tayyar Abi

8/15/2012 2:45:41 PM

It isn't the signs they are really after. As we all know, it's the alcohol selling establishments under them.

american american

8/15/2012 12:38:50 PM

then why build demiroren?

Red Tail

8/15/2012 11:52:05 AM

It might be a good idea to regulate signs etc. But the method seems very drastic and probably also causes damage to buildings. Why not instead put together clear regulations and inform the owners and then give them time to take care of it in a calm and civilized manner? As for the bars in that area, they should definitely be allowed to stay. It is one of the nicest restaurant areas in Europe (together with Barcelona probably) and all my foreign friends just love it.
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