Turkey travel advice

On 11 March, a young casualty of last summer’s protests died following a long spell in a coma. On 12 March, in response to his death, there were demonstrations in several cities across Turkey. In Istanbul the demonstrations centred on the Şişli district, as well as around Taksim Square and Istiklal Street. There were violent exchanges between the police and demonstrators in a number of cities, with police using tear gas and water cannon to disperse protestors. In Istanbul’s Şişli district, following a confrontation, one man was shot and later died: a terrorist group, the DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front) has claimed responsibility.

Further demonstrations in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and other major cities may take place over the weekend of 14-16 March. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant and avoid any protests or demonstrations.