A Security Warning from the U.S. Embassy

US Embassy Warning: Stay safe out there kids. Jail and deportation is about as fun as it sounds!

Adventures in Ankara

A Message from the

Embassy of the United States of America

Ankara, Turkey

 April 30, 2014

 Security Message for U.S. Citizens

 May Day (Labor Day) Demonstrations on Thursday, May 1, 2014

 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of planned May Day events and the potential for violence on May 1.  Specifics on these gatherings are detailed below.

May Day (Labor Day) Demonstrations on Thursday, May 1, 2014


Following the lifting of the decades-long ban on May Day protests in 2010 and the designation of May 1 as a national holiday, May Day events were peaceful for several years.  In 2013, however, police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters who attempted to march to Taksim Square.

For this year’s May Day celebration, the Istanbul Governor’s Office has approved the Yenikapı (Europe side) and Maltepe (Asia side) areas as the official protest/demonstration locations.  The U.S. Consulate…

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