A mosque's minarets and a high-rise building dominate the skyline in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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Turkish authorities have cancelled a festival celebrating the national drink raki because of complaints by Islamic groups, causing an uproar among secular Turks.The street festival has been a key tourist event in Adana for several years, attracting around 20,000 fans of raki, a strong aniseed-flavored liquor.More than 4,600 people have signed an online petition calling on the government to drop the ban, while another one demanding the festival be cancelled has attracted around 800 supporters on global petition website Change.org.The festival ban came after the deaths of 28 people over the past few weeks after drinking bootleg versions of raki, in what appears to be the country's worst ever bout of alcohol poisoning.
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