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Ramadan-related Violence Concerns Turkish Rights Activists

When beer-drinking fans of a British rock band arrived at an Istanbul record shop earlier this month, some Muslim neighbors were so incensed about the perceived disrespect during the Muslim holy month that they attacked patrons. “Are you not ashamed doing this in Ramadan?” one attacker screamed, according to amateur video taken of the incident. The assault triggered street protests in the days that followed. The incident and fallout focused attention on what activists say is a growing...

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