Concrete wall built at US Consulate in Turkey’s south
ADANA – Doğan News Agency
AA photoA concrete wall has been built in front of the U.S. Consulate of Adana in Turkey’s south for security reasons, U.S. officials have announced, as locals complained about its construction.
The front facade of the consulate building, located three kilometers away from the İncirlik Air Base on the D-400 highway, was surrounded by bulletproof concrete blocks.
The entrance and exit to an automobile showroom next to the consulate building were interrupted by the blocking of a side road.
Company executives said they had not been able to receive a response from the Adana Governor’s Office and the municipality in regard to their complaints, adding that they would file a lawsuit.
Shop owners around the consulate building said that 3.5-meter high concrete barriers kept coming, as nearby intersections were blocked.
“They have turned this place into an open-air prison,” locals said, while trying to stop semi-trailer trucks from transporting barriers.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy announced that the barriers were built as a security measure.
“This project was jointly planned by [the] municipality and [the] consulate. Unfortunately, we both as American and Turkish people have to take such measures against terrorism activities,” the embassy stated.