EMERGENCY MESSAGES FOR U.S. CITIZENS
Protests in Istanbul
September 15, 2012
Consulate General of the United States of America Istanbul, Turkey
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens
There will be a planned anti-American march/protest today, Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 2:30 pm. The march will commence immediately following afternoon prayers from Fatih Mosque and will proceed to Sarachane Square, where the municipal building is located. The exact size of the protest is unknown at this time.
The Department of State strongly recommends avoiding the march/protest location as well as any other large crowds that may gather in Istanbul to protest against the controversial video that has created other demonstrations throughout the world.
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Turkey to be alert to the potential for violence, to avoid those areas where disturbances have occurred, and to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens and nationals traveling or residing in Turkey enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens and nationals without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Enrolling signs you up to receive updated information about areas abroad and make it easier for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to contact you or your designated contact in case of emergency.
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Contact information for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey:
The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is located at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, tel: (90)(312) 455-5555 , fax (90)(312) 468-6131.
The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul is located at 2 Uç Sehitler Sokak, Istinye Mahallesi, Sariyer 34460, tel: (90) (212) 335-9000 , fax (90) (212) 335-9102.
The U.S. Consulate in Adana is located at 212 Girne Bulvari, Guzelevler Mahallesi, Yuregir, Adana, tel: (90)(322) 346-6262 , fax (90)(322) 346-7916.
The Consular Agency in Izmir can be reached at tel: (90) (232) 464-8755, fax (90) (232) 464-8916.