U.S. Embassy Alerts Travelers of Violence in Turkey

writingThe U.S. Embassy in Turkey reports that it has informed U.S. citizens that public demonstrations are taking place throughout Turkey at varying times and with little notice.  

"Violent altercations have occurred in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Adana, Mersin, and elsewhere. The continuing protests in Istanbul are centered on the Taksim and Besiktas areas, but others may occur elsewhere in the city as well. The Turkish National Police are clashing with protestors in some locations, and there have been numerous reports of injuries."

"Individuals caught in the vicinity of violence have been injured and detained. Visa services for non-U.S. citizens may be disrupted with little to no notice in the coming days. At least one labor union of public workers (KESK) has announced a planned strike for 1 ½ work days beginning at 12:00 noon on June 4," State said.

"U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Turkey should be alert to the potential for violence. We strongly urge U.S. citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence," State said.

State urged travelers to review personal security plans, remain aware of  surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. "Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities," State said.

State recommend that U.S. citizens and nationals traveling to or residing in Turkey enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  

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