Alcohol has been banned from the Gallipoli commemorations
after the Turkish Parliament passed a law to make the events
The Hurriyet Daily News has reported that a new law has
designated the Gallipoli Peninsula National Park as a special
Tens of thousands New Zealanders and Australians camp there
beneath the stars before the commemorations.
Anyone who drinks alcohol in the park will be fined 5000
Turkish Liras (NZ$2681).
The Hurriyet Daily News reported that the main opposition
Republican People's Party deputy Ali Saribas opposed the
bill, saying that on April 25, the grandchildren of Anzac
soldiers will be camped in the open air during dawn services,
"drinking wine, in accordance with their culture".
In 2009, RSA president president Robin Klitscher asked young
Kiwi revellers to stay away from the Anzac Day commemorations
at Gallipoli to protect the peninsula from overcrowding.
The 90th anniversary of Anzac Day was criticised for the
number of boozers at the site.