Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ankara (Turkey), Demonstrations Banned

U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that several political groups have announced that their supporters will march in Ankara on October 29, 2016.

The governorate of Ankara has banned all demonstrations, rallies and public gatherings in the Province of Ankara, inclusive of the city of Ankara, until November 30, 2016, citing security concerns. Thus, as in many countries, being at or near an illegal demonstration could lead to arrest or detention.

Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of large gatherings, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council.