Germany warns citizens in Turkey coup attempt anniversary events
ISTANBULGermany warned its citizens in Turkey to stay away from crowds during commemorations of the anniversary of the deadly July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
The warning was issued on the official website of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office on July 12.
The updated travel and security warning stated that some events could be held during commemorations across Turkey. It also warned German citizens to stay away from crowds and political rallies.
“Some meetings and events have been planned for the anniversary of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt until July 15 across the country. Staying away from crowds for those who would travel is generally recommended, considering the strained security situation,” it stated.
It also added information about the ongoing state of emergency in Turkey, declared shortly after the coup attempt.
The warning comes after the U.S. Embassy also issued a security message over the upcoming coup attempt commemorations across Turkey, advising U.S. citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings.
“The U.S. Mission to Turkey urges U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Turkey to exercise caution and avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence,” it stated.
On July 5, the Netherlands also issued a warning for its citizens in Turkey, urging them to stay away from crowded squares during the commemoration events.