Monday, May 27, 2013

Islamists Attack "Kissing" Protesters In Turkey

Remember the "kiss-in" protest after the Chik-Fil-A anti-gay marriage controversy?  Well, Turkey is having a similar kissing protest, but this one has nothing to do with gay marriage. It has to do with the increasing Islamization of once-secular Turkey.  Apparently, a couple who were caught kissing in public were subsequently chastised by officials of the ruling Islamist- Justice and Development Party (AKP). After the incident, subway authorities then made demands of their passengers:

"to act in accordance with moral rules" after security cameras spotted the couple kissing.
The issue prompted an opposition lawmaker to question the Islamist-rooted ruling party, which many secularists fear wants to expand the role of Islam in Turkey, about whether subway officials were authorized to make such demands.

So some 100 - 200 or so people took to a subway stop in Ankara, along with their "free kisses" placards, to participate in a "kiss-in" protest.  Then the Islamists had to get involved in a counter-protest. Even though there were only about 20 or so there chanting the obligatory "Allahu Akhbar", they allegedly brought their knives with them and then things got ugly. The Islamists attacked the kissers, and one individual was stabbed.

Secular Turks are also not happy with the recent decision to ban alcohol advertising and late night alcoholic beverage sales, other than in tourist areas.

Video of the protest. Note the vast difference between the peaceful "kissers" and the rabid pro-Islamists.

Source: Al Arabiya

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