Kiss and run: Islamist crackdown on kissing Turks
Give kisses not rules! Turkish couples denounce new morality campaign, triggering Islamists' ire.
Islamists attacked a group of kissing couples who locked lips in a Turkish metro station to protest a morality campaign by the authorities in Ankara, the local press reported on Sunday.
One person was stabbed when about 20 Islamists chanting and some carrying knives attacked the demonstrators on Saturday, the Milliyet andHurriyet newspapers reported.
About 200 people staged the kissing protest after officials in the Ankara municipality, which is run by Turkey's ruling Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), admonished a young couple for kissing in the street.
Turkey is predominantly Muslim but staunchly secular, although the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has introduced several measures opponents see as a sign of the creeping Islamisation of the country, including restrictions on alcohol.