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."
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