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Group members serve orange juice to citizens to protest the Oktoberfest. DHA photo

Group members serve orange juice to citizens to protest the Oktoberfest. DHA photo

A group of protestors have demonstrated against Antalya’s fourth-annual Oktoberfest by serving orange juices. The group, carrying a photograph of Antalya Mayor Mustafa Akaydın and banners bearing slogans, gathered in the city center to protest the event, which will begin on Sept. 20 and continue through Sept. 23. Shouting slogans, the protestors said that the festival should not be held at a time when Turkey is experiencing a rise in terrorist violence.

The festival has been known for scandals in the past, Kutup Yıldızı Youth Association Chairman Melikşah Tuğ said, speaking on behalf of the protestors. “The Antalya Metropolitan Municipality has made a statement saying that the organizing company did not want to cancel the festival. In this case, we call on the municipality to announce to the public that they will not support the festival. The Oktoberfest project belongs to the metropolitan municipality, and it is not easy to organize such an event without the support and sponsorship of the municipality,” Tuğ said.

After making a public statement, the protestors served orange juices to citizens on the street.
Meanwhile, more than six million revelers from around the globe will be in Munich for the original Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest beer festival, complete with lederhosen, pretzels and plenty of the amber nectar, Agence France-Presse has reported.

This year’s party stretches over 26 hectares, with around 12,000 waiters and waitresses expected to serve more than seven million “mass” to punters in 35 tents, the largest of which seats 10,000.


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9/29/2012 9:58:24 AM

Of course it's not related to religion, or politics... People are well presented and organised Why would bigots protest against a festival within their largest industry ... Of course it's religious. First at a rock concert festival in Eyup, Istanbul, now here... Orange juice... Pink buses for ladies during rush hour... So clever One day we might just take the bait.

Turk Uzan

9/23/2012 7:33:54 PM

For everyone .. this is not related to religion .. 1. Do the people in the picture look like religious bigots? 2. Do you realize how big of a burden a festival that's all about drinking and getting drunk is on the local population ... drunk people on the street all night etc I doubt they are against the festival for religious reasons, they just don't want the noise, mess, drunks, vandalism, etc.

Andy Thompson

9/22/2012 6:07:51 PM

How soon before turkey becomes Iran? Why are police not beating these religious bigots?

Faruk Beisser

9/22/2012 10:10:03 AM

Hooray for the Islamists! Yes, soon your wish will become true, after the next election, when the ruling party will turn Turkey into another Iran. And shame on you for using the martyr deaths as an excuse, may you rot in hell for that!

Red Tail

9/22/2012 7:09:09 AM

I really do not see the connection between PKK and the Oktoberfest. Or does the group want to stop all kinds of amusements, such as cinemas, restaurants, bars etc. Further, if you dont like the Oktoberfest, just dont go. If you do like it, go. Why do the protesters have to stop it for everybody. Why not just skip going?
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