Turkey banned the sale of alcoholic beverages in stores starting April 29 until May 17 as part of the new series of “total lockdown.”
“We had to close the alcoholic beverages sections in supermarkets, as liquor store owners will complain about the unfair competition because they are forced to close down,” an official said.
Members of Turkey’s leading opposition party, the Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi (CHP), drawn ire for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the Turkish leader was trying to “force his Islamic values” on the nation.
“This restriction has got nothing to do with the pandemic. It’s completely ideological,” said Veli Agbaba, a CHP lawmaker.
“And it’s the latest example of an attempt to interfere in people’s lifestyles” Agbaba added.
The alcohol ban trended on Twitter in Turkey on Tuesday with thousands of secular Turks using the hashtag #alkolumedokunma, or “don’t touch my alcohol.”
Other countries, such as South Africa have also imposed liquor bans in March 2020 to cope with the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
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