Security Message for U.S. Citizens: HKP Rally outside the U.S. Embassy and HDP Party Convention in Balgat

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that the Marxist-Leninist group People’s Liberation Party (HKP) encourages its members to rally outside the U.S. Embassy on Saturday January 23 around 2:00 PM to protest the U.S. Vice President’s visit to Turkey.  The Turkish National Police plan to provide coverage.

Separately, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), one of Turkey’s opposition political parties, will hold a party convention at the Ahmet Taner Kışlalı Sport Hall in Balgat on Sunday January 24, starting at 10 am. This location is in close proximity to the entrance of the Ankara Support Facility (717th Air Base Squadron) Balgat.

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

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