June 11, 2013

The Situation
Turkey Security Situation Update
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Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey has become the center of violence in the latest round of protests. After the Prime Minister declared that the Turkish government would show “no more tolerance” towards demonstrators, authorities used force to disperse those gathered in the Taksim Square. This includes rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas to scatter protesters; the protesters in turn have taken to throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at authorities. Violence has also continued in Ankara, where tear gas is being used to subdue the crowds. At least 2,300 people have been injured since the inception of the protests, with a handful of these injuries being fatal.
 
Travelers near Taksim Square in Istanbul and Kizilay Square in Ankara are strongly encouraged to stay indoors until the violence subsides and avoid the demonstrations altogether. If you do find yourself near the riots, seek refuge immediately, but avoid underground metros if possible, as tear gas can accumulate below ground. Stay tuned into local media reports for the most up to date location of the riots; also, follow all instructions given by the authorities.

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