Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Okmeydani and Haci Husrev

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that political protests are expected today, September 9, after 7:00 pm in the Okmeydani and Haci Husrev (Beyoglu District) neighborhoods of Istanbul.  We urge individuals to avoid those areas as protests are expected to turn violent.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news media for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities.

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