US Embassy Urges Americans to Avoid Anti-War Protests in Turkey

US Embassy Urges Americans to Avoid Anti-War Protests in Turkey © AP Photo/ Emre Tazegul

20:12 28.12.2015(updated 20:15 28.12.2015) Get short URL

US citizens in Turkey should avoid protests on December 29, the US embassy noted, stressing that even peaceful demonstrations can escalate into violence and urding Americans to stay clear of any large gatherings.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US citizens currently traveling or residing in Turkey should stay away from protests against Ankara’s war policy toward Kurds that are planned to take place in Izmir on Tuesday, the US embassy in Ankara said in a security message on Monday.

“[A] demonstration is expected to take place at the old Sumerbank Building in Konak, Izmir at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015,” the embassy said. “We urge American citizens to avoid the area around those times.”

The embassy explained the protests are organized by the Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions, the Confederation of Public Employees’ Trade Unions and the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects.

Leading Turkish trade unions have called for a single-day strike to protest against the operation by Turkish security forces to counter the militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the country’s southeastern regions.

Severe clashes between Turkish forces and PKK fighters have been arising sporadically since a July terror attack in the city of Suruc, which killed over 30 people, most of them Kurds.

Kurds allegedly killed two Turkish policemen soon after the attack, prompting Ankara to launch a military campaign against the PKK.

The clashes intensified earlier in December prompting the authorities to declare a curfew in areas affected by the Turkish forces’ large-scale operations.

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