Turkey: Islamic group wants rock fest banned

Beer-sponsored event encourages youth drinking, Yesilay says

12 July, 19:45

(ANSAMed) - ANKARA, JULY 12 - Islamic group Yesilay (Green Crescent Moon) has asked authorities to ban the One Love rock music festival, which is sponsored by Turkish beer Efes, because ''it incites young people to drink alcohol,'' Hurriyet daily reported today.

Yesilay President Muharrem Balci has asked Istanbul's governor to shut down the festival, to be held at Istanbul's progressive Bilgi University this weekend, alleging that Turkish law forbids festivals with alcoholic beverages in their name, Hurriyet said.

Yesilay has successfully petitioned for the sale of alcohol to be banned around the Galata tower, and its anti-smoking campaign is supported by first lady Emine Erdogan.

One Love festival organizers told Hurriyet they are not worried and ''have not made changes to the program.'' (ANSAMed).

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