For already a week there’s major chaos in Turkey. Protesters against the government of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan are being beaten down by the regime with brutal force. What started as a small scaled protest over a parc is now looking more and more like a revolt. The current protests are a cry for help against the suffocating regime of Erdogan and his conservative AK-party. We can only support this since Erdogan showed himself an enemy of the true drinker.
Just two months ago the Turkish prime minister announced he was gonna take on alcohol even harder. Already the prices of beer and spirits is relatively high in Turkey. Exported Turkish raki is cheaper in other countries than in the country of production, all because of the high taxes on alcohol. But still this wasn’t enough for mister Erdogan. The prices had to be raised. Nevermind that the Turkish economy relies for a big part on tourism.
The prime minister apparently believes he is the chosen one to tell a whole country what they can and can’t drink. Recently he called on Turks to leave alcohol and drink ayran (a traditional yoghurt drink and a very good cure for hangovers) instead. “Beer was unfortunately presented as a national drink. However, our national drink is ayran.” This remark gave him a lot of criticism. Lots of Turks answered that he could drink all the dairy products he wanted, but they preferred to follow the example of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – founder of the Turkish state as it is today – who was quite fond of raki.
And maybe that’s the whole problem. Erdogan often breaks down the legend of the national hero in public and speaks openly about a new Ottoman Empire. The fact that the thirst for alcohol of Sultan Selim II (better known as Selim the Drunkard) initiated the downfall of this powerful empire might also be bugging him. Fact is that the prime minister’s megalomania might not just be bad news for the Turkish drinkers, but possibly as well for neighboring countries like Greece and Bulgaria.
So we hope Turkey will shake off dictator Erdogan as soon as possible and replace him with a politician that does not want to oppress people. So show some solidarity with the poor people in Turkey and grab yourself a beer.
13 thoughts on “Erdogan, the enemy of the true drinker”
Fortunately for the true drinkers of Turkey, Erdogan fixed the economy of the country, so that the true drinkers of Turkey have now enough money to buy drinks at least between 6 am and 10 pm.
I’m not sure if this is because of him. Could be because of some smart entrepreneurs in Turkey. Anyway, could be he did some good stuff for the country too, but anyone that is cutting down the freedom of people is a bad guy in my book. Especially when it concerns booze of course!
This isn’t a good thing though. They tried this in Australia: stopping the sale of alcohol after 6pm. This lead to what is called “The Six O’Clock Swill” where people just drank as much as they could until 6 and stumbled home as pissed as newts.
Indeed! In England they quit early too in the pubs. People make enormous haste to get pissed before closing time, so there is no benefit. It’s even dangerous since you are more likely to cross your limits.
Don’t worry, Uncle Sam will free the turkish true drinkers. They will be able again to drink all night long.
Then in the morning they will be fresh for work.
For the sake of IMF.
With takeaways under their arms lol
After 6pm it was changed to 10pm then 12pm then 5am
Now they want to cut it back to 3am
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24/7 cheap alcohol sales only! 🙂
Although I am not Turkish, I agree that any government taking away the basic freedoms of its citizens is wrong.
I have Ben in Taksim the last few days and have been able to enjoy a beer or two. I have also been taking photos throughout the park, which can be seen here.
Great job mate! Thanks for your contribution! 😀
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