POLITICS > ‘They want our youth to be alcoholics,’ PM says after festival ban


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A school campus is no place to go and "get drunk,” the prime minister has said in a belated response to criticism over the sudden cancellation of alcohol licenses at the One Love Festival at Istanbul Bilgi University earlier this month.
“They want all our youth to be alcoholics," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, adding that he "didn't know until then" that the restaurants and other eateries on the university’s campus in Eyüp already had proper licenses to sell alcohol.
“For God's sake, how can this happen? Can anyone allow alcohol to be sold on a school campus? Will the student go there to get drunk on alcohol or find knowledge?" Erdoğan asked.
"They can go and drink in appropriate places outside of school," Erdoğan said. "It's not like we are shutting down bars."
The prime minister said he personally called the school's administration over the matter.
"I said, ‘What on earth is this?’ And I told them we were upset over this,” he said.
"I don't know how all these columnists can defend [selling alcohol at One Love], when there is the Constitution right there [prohibiting such sales],” he said.


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Cem Ian Hanley

8/23/2012 8:56:53 AM

A university is not a school, is it? Universities are where adults go for education once their school process is completed. Of course you would not sell alcoholic drinks in a school but university students should be treated as adults. I really could not imagine my old university without its Student Union bar, but it never stopped me from studying. And yes! Who are THEY?

sinayder canbay

8/23/2012 2:03:24 AM

well done erdogan...

michele suzanne

8/4/2012 3:26:06 AM

The people of Turkey voted for HIM! Turks will get what Turks deserve.

Brian Irlanda

8/3/2012 2:19:07 PM

In Ireland we are doing the same thing! We like to have a drink, but it does cause damage, people are starting to drink before the legal age. In Ireland alcohol firms cannot sponsor sports events after 2014. Alcohol ads on TV are banned before 9pm. Alcohol firms can't sponsor events geared towards young people and alcohol sponsorship is not allowed on school or college campuses . Does this make Ireland the same as Iran? Of course not! Excess alcohol is a health issue not a religious one.

Agnes Smith

7/27/2012 6:17:11 PM

They want our youth to be alcoholics, WHO are THEY?

mara mcglothin

7/27/2012 4:23:25 PM

MICHAEL JOHNSON He isn't qualified to wipe Ataturk's boots!!!!! Don't you just love getting drinking advice from people who have never had a drink in their lives??? Kind of like seeing a "surgeon" who has never been to med school. Human nature has people "weighing" sins, when in reality taking money under the premise of being a charity might be more of a sin than a beer and some french fries!

Michael Johnson

7/27/2012 1:50:18 PM

@turkic voice: He couldn't rise to be Ataturks manservant.

Michael Johnson

7/27/2012 1:46:27 PM

What an ignorant statement, coming from a leader of a "democratic" country. Clueless dogma has no place in a progressive society. If you want to live under sharia law, move to Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan. No one is forcing alcohol down your throats, so don't shove your religious dogma down ours.


7/27/2012 9:10:30 AM

Why is it always the hardcore religious types who wish to inflict their own beliefs on others? simply because they think being in the majority makes them right. You never see groups of atheists running around trying to control the lifestyles of the religiously-minded. Selim, please don't forget that alcohol is sold every day to 'Muslim Turks' across Turkey. It is not a 'western' thing either - wine was produced in Turkey thousands of years ago and I believe Raki is your national drink.

turkic voice

7/27/2012 8:06:08 AM

no one can stand in this mans shadow....he is our next Attaturk
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