Security Message from the US Embassy: Demonstration planned in Gaziantep

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

DEMONSTRATION IN GAZIANTEP

The Embassy has received information that a demonstration will take place at Train Station Square (Istasyon Meydani), approximately one kilometer from the Grand Hotel, in Gaziantep on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at approximately 12:00 noon.  The size of the demonstration is unknown, although a significant turnout is possible.  Demonstrators will protest against the planned placement by NATO, at the Turkish Government’s request, of patriot missiles in Gaziantep and the presence of foreign and U.S. military in Turkey.

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 to 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 makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to contact you or your designated contact in case of emergency.

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or a regular toll line at +1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.

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 Uçsehitler Sokagi, 34460, Istinye, Sariyer, 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, Turkey. 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.

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2 thoughts on “Security Message from the US Embassy: Demonstration planned in Gaziantep

  1. Hi Terry,

    I actually thought that you might be suggesting that we go along and “join” the demo – the guys in Gaziantep could use a bit of “support”.

    The people in Gaziantep are “wonderful”…their food is “great” (far bigger portions than many other cities)…and a demo like this, could actually mean that we spend more on “what really matters” in Turkey (and, you know I mean EDUcation) 😉

    Peace n’ love (without more missiles) 😉

    T..

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