Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Attacks on Alcohol Sellers in Iraq Continue
It's still legal for non-Muslims to sell alcohol in the emerging democracy of Iraq, but just because it is legal does not mean that it is well-advised. Concerned citizens have been going after alcohol sellers for many months now, sometimes with deadly force, and they have picked up the pace in recent weeks, according to this Reuters article. The protectors of morals are expanding their portfolio, though this sort of diversification increases risk:
And it's not just the selling of alcohol that appears to have incited people's wrath. Cinemas showing explicit films have been bombed in the northern city of Kirkuk and a shop selling DVDs was shut down in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf.