Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations planned in Galatasaray Square in Istanbul

U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration scheduled to take place in Galatasaray Square on December 25, 2015 at 1900 hours. The demonstration is expected to be a peaceful protest against Turkey’s reported steps to re-establish diplomatic ties with Israel. The U.S. Consulate General encourages U.S. citizens to exercise caution and to avoid the area if possible.

The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational. We advise U.S. citizens to avoid large political gatherings, protests, and demonstrations and to exercise caution if you are in the vicinity.
We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security.

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