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Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson performs standing over the beer stand during One Love Festival. Hürriyet photo

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson performs standing over the beer stand during One Love Festival. Hürriyet photo

Several events set to take place at santralistanbul, the venue that hosted Istanbul's One Love Festival, which was subject to a controversial alcohol ban, have now been canceled for undisclosed reasons, daily Hürriyet reported.

The sun.day.sky Festival, which was set to take place at the venue, was recently canceled. A Stevie Wonder concert scheduled for Sept. 14 was also moved to a different location by the event's organizers.

The cancellations are allegedly related to the alcohol ban that had taken festival goers by surprise last month, when the One Love festival management was not allowed to serve alcohol in the venue "despite having all the necessary permits."

Officials gave no response to the alcohol allegations. 

A school campus is no place to go and "get drunk,” the prime minister said in a belated response to criticism over the sudden cancellation of alcohol licenses.

The prime minister said he had personally called the school's administration about the matter. 

"I said, ‘What on earth is this?’ And I told them we were upset about this,” he said.


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Michael Johnson

8/4/2012 11:16:06 AM

If you can't target the brains of the university, then target their pocketbook. There is a price to being a toady of the PM.

Blue Dotterel

8/3/2012 9:29:41 PM

As mentioned below, this was not a university event held during classes or the regular academic year. Tickets were available to everyone, not just students. Most of the adults attending would not have even been connected to the university. That the venues shift will not prevent students from shifting with them and consuming alchol. The only loser here is the university who loses revenue renting out their space. This revenue would likely be applied to inproving university facilties and education.

Brit in Turkey

8/3/2012 7:04:36 PM

The universities and schools are closed for the summer break. So the only students present will be those who have bought tickets. Next step will be to check on the students to see if they are drinking at home or in bars.

two sides to every coin

8/3/2012 5:28:11 PM

slowly slowly Turkey is becoming a more and more radical Islamic state. But hey that's what they seem to want so good bye from the once modern forward thinking country to a Iranian style future.

Fr Grey

8/3/2012 5:22:44 PM

Don't compare Turkey with USA directly. They can bring guns to school and shoot. USA and Turkey are just like Mars and Venue. Guys, can you define university education? Think scientifically. Freedom has a degree! Everybody can only have 6 degrees of freedom. Without energy, you can't move even with full freedom. Many university students want freedom, but not knowledge. Without knowledge, they can't excel even with full freedom. With knowledge, they can optimize themselves under limited freedom.


8/3/2012 3:48:29 PM

I'm sure the PM has the same response to civil rights- that is "what on earth is this?"

davut babaoglu

8/3/2012 3:29:52 PM

This is not a university event. Completely seperate. Nothign to do with the University. People need to buy tickets to attend. VAST majority of people who attend are not students. And even if it was a university campus and they were serving alcohol on it, so what? I am sure there is no correlation between alcohol service and poor academic performance – especially if it’s only a few times a year.

mara mcglothin

8/3/2012 2:47:48 PM

Now this is some good news. So this university will lose some of its much needed revenue because of their backward thinking. EZGI IT isn't like they were serving drinks all around IN THE UNIVERSITY. These events are not related to education but were simply hosted by the school. Everyone has a right to decide. Some universities in America serve alcohol at events and others don't BUT there is a way to do this democratically and legally, not at the last minute after permits have been issued.

Rimon Tree

8/3/2012 2:45:52 PM

@ ezgi Have you ever put any thought into the fact that scientific, social and technical progress, which enlightens your live as well (here the computer!), comes exclusively from the countries, where there is no problem with having alcohol, not even on Universities. People, who are not being controlled all the time, develope a certain ability to judge about their consume habits. Obviously your esteemed PM believes Turks can NOT!


8/3/2012 2:30:47 PM

It's ok to draft 18 year olds into the army, call them men, and send them to their deaths in the East of Turkey, but these same "men" become children that can't be trusted at a University. Erdogan's rebuke was purely religious, let's not pretend otherwise. .
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