Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Crowds Possible on October 25th, 2015

The U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the Confederation of Public Employees Unions (Memory-Sen) will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sunday October 25. The celebration ceremonies will be held at Ankara Arena Sports Hall (Ulus) at 17:00 hrs.  Ankara Security Directorate announced that on Sunday starting from 12:00 hrs, following roads will be closed to traffic:

  •          Train station cross road of Cumhuriyet Road
  •           Baruthane crossing (its entry and exit)
  •           Hippodrome Street (Except the underpass between Ulastirma crossroad and train station crossroad)
  •           Kazim Karabekir street (between Ulastirma crossroad and Istanbul street)

The Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the National Movement Party (MHP) will have an election meeting on Sunday, October 25 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Tandogan Square in Ankara (approximately 2-3 miles away from the Embassy).

We anticipate that large crowds may attend each gathering.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

For further detailed information regarding Turkey and travel:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Turkey’s Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, located at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, Kavaklidere, 06100 Ankara, at +90-312-455-5555, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +90-312-455-5555 or +90-212-335-9000 (U.S. Consulate General Istanbul).
  • Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, located at 2 Uçsehitler Sokagi, 34460, Istinye, Sariyer, at +90-212-335-9000.
  • Contact the U.S. Consulate in Adana, located at 212 Girne Bulvari, Guzelevler Mahallesi, Yuregir, Adana at +90-322-455-4100.
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  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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