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Last updated: 29 May, 2013

Kissing for freedom in Turkey

After a Turkish official recently chastised a couple in the subway, young Turks came together and organized a small kissing event at the Kurtuluş metro stop in the capital. Their efforts, however, was not appreciated by a group of religious whose arrival at the scene was kept under control by police.

Renowned Middle East scholar Juan Cole writes on his blog;

“Turkey’s society is deeply divided between urban middle and upper middle class youth who differ little from their European peers in their interests and activities, and more conservative small-town populations or rural labor migrants into the big cities, whose mores are more like those of people elsewhere in the Middle East.”

For more coverage on these issues, check out our stories on youth and the republic’s new alcohol law:

Turkey’s apolitical generation

Mohamed Hemish: On Turkey’s new alcohol law