Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update – Demonstrations Expected in Istanbul between April 21-23

The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul informs U.S. citizens that this weekend, April 21-23, continued protest activity in the wake of the referendum vote is likely to occur.  Demonstrations planned throughout Istanbul as are expected to draw larger numbers of people due to the weekend holiday and favorable weather conditions.  Demonstrations protesting the referendum result are scheduled to take place in parks and assembly areas as they have previously in  Kadikoy, Istinye, Istiklal, Besiktas, Kartal, Nurtepe, Buyukdere and other locations throughout the city.  Similar demonstrations have been targets of terrorist activity in the past.

The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and sometimes violent.  We advise U.S. citizens to avoid large political gatherings, protests, and demonstrations, and depart the area if you are in the vicinity of one.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for information and updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and keep your loved ones aware of your welfare and whereabouts.

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