No consta que Zapatero tratara de ello con su compañero aliancista («Alcohol Ban Expands To More Restaurants In Istanbul»):
MEMRI: The alcohol ban in Istanbul restaurants that PM Tayyip Erdogan started in his days as Istanbul’s mayor, is rapidly expanding to other locations in the city at the initiative of the current AKP mayor. According to media reports Istanbul municipality is cancelling its lease contracts of businesses that sell alcoholic beverages in social locations and restaurants owned by the municipality.
A CHP committee member of the municipality objected to imposition of alcohol bans and requested a legal explanation for such moves. In response the AKP deputy mayor said, “We are not going to allow sale of alcohol, so what? This is nothing compared to the turban [Islamic headscarf] ban [in universities]”. Many restaurant owners in various districts of Istanbul are complaining about the difficulties they are facing regarding service of alcohol in their restaurants.
“Alcohol was prohibited in many other places of Turkey, but only Moda residents resisted this, and raised their voices,” Huseyin Aksen, a theater actor, who also attended the protests, said. Aksen added he expected this flare to spark similar action across the country.
The Turkish government, claiming to be the strong defender of personal rights and freedoms in society, has been long criticized by secularist circles within the society due to its de facto implementations aiming to limit social life.
The ruling AKP, also accused of executing such practices in the case filed for the closure of the party in March, deny the accusations and say there has been no such effort nor legislations aimed at achieving this end. But, some acts and incidents, including alcohol bans at municipality facilities in several regions in Turkey, signals that the party seems to fail at leaving aside its Islamic credentials.
Esto es el mundo al revés. El laicista Zapatero alaba las reformas emprendidas por Erdogán -conducentes a la islamización de Turquía- mientras tanto, los turcos se quejan de este proceso de islamización.
Augusto lo tratan también en más detalle (Turquía: Jóvenes rebeldes festejan el Ramadán, bebiendo alcohol):
«La lucha por el laicismo comienza aquí», dicen. El Efes, el Raki, y el vino tinto, son los símbolos de la libertad. Aquí se discrimina a quien no bebe.
«¡Larga vida a la Internacional alcohólica!», dice en un cartel. «Por una Turquía beoda». Una docena de policías vigilan el local, ellos también son el pueblo, dicen los jóvenes.
Como se ve son mucho más atrevidos que nosotros ¡Qué pensará Zapatero de ellos!