Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Restriction on Pre-Election Gatherings

U.S. Embassy Ankara advises U.S. citizens that effective immediately, all official U.S. government employees and their dependents are directed to avoid any political demonstrations, rallies and large gatherings throughout Turkey until further notice. Terrorist attacks, such as the suicide bombings on October 10 in a central Ankara public plaza that killed approximately 100 people and injured upwards of 200, can occur without warning.

U.S. citizens should avoid the site of the October 10 suicide bombing, near the Ankara Train Station in Ulus.  Crowds and traffic congestion are expected all day Saturday, October 17.

U.S. citizens in Turkey are reminded of the importance of maintaining security vigilance. 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. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.

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