US embassy issues security message over Turkey coup attempt commemoration events
ANKARAThe United States Embassy has issued a security message over upcoming July 15 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,” read a written statement issued by the embassy on July 12.
The statement noted that on July 15 and the preceding days, government and non-government groups would stage large commemorations such as rallies and marches in public squares and other places throughout the country to commemorate Democracy and Freedoms Day.
“Media sources state that the Parliament building and other government offices in Ankara, the July 15 Martyrs Bridge in Istanbul and other sites nationwide will host events. The Turkish authorities have yet to release a comprehensive list of all events, including times or locations. U.S. citizens should monitor local news reports and avoid areas where gatherings might occur, which can happen with little advanced notice,” it added.