The Last Porker is forced to pull the plug:
April 10 (Bloomberg) — Lazari Kozmaoglu, Istanbul’s last pork butcher, takes a break from a two-hour backgammon session to recall the days he spent slicing bacon instead of rolling dice.
Eight workers used to rush in and out of the cutting room, placing wrapped meat in refrigerators, Kozmaoglu, 63, recalls in his store in central Istanbul. Today the shop is down to its last two months of stock and attracts only a handful of customers.
Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government has clamped down on the pork industry since 2004, closing all but two of the country’s 25 pig farms and revoking slaughterhouse licenses. Kozmaoglu, unable to add to his meat supplies, spends most of his time shuffling paperwork as he seeks permission to reopen his abattoir.
“I don’t know what I can do if they don’t give it to me; this business is my life,” Kozmaoglu says as he watches a news bulletin on Greek television.
He’s one of about 2,000 ethnic Greeks remaining in Istanbul. Most Greeks left the city after Turkish mobs attacked their homes and workplaces in 1955.
TURKISH POGROM AGAINST THE GREEK POPULATION OF CONSTANTINOPLE 6-7 SEPTEMBER 1955
Others were expelled in 1964 after fighting between Greeks and Turks on Cyprus.
* Actually, that’s a lie: the Turkish army invaded Cyprus and the Greeks ran for their lives. The Turks were never held accountable for killing over 8.000 Greeks and raping countless women…