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Turkish Stores Defy Government Attempt to Suspend Alcohol Sale

  • Chain stores, liquor shops in major cities continue to sell
  • Erdogan accused of pushing Islamist agenda with lockdown ban
An employee stocks alcohol at a shop in Istanbul on April 28.

An employee stocks alcohol at a shop in Istanbul on April 28.

Photographer: Chris McGrath/Getty Images 

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Turkish retailers continued to sell alcohol on Friday in defiance of a lockdown ban, demanding a clear official explanation of the move’s legality.