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Leaving for Istanbul,Turkey tomorrow-Oct 12th-should we change plans?

In light of today's developments on the genocide vote, the Turkish ambassador being ordered home and a warning from the US embassy to be on alert for violence..."A protester shouts slogans against the U.S. during a demonstration in Istanbul, October 11, 2007. Turkey warned on Thursday that relations with its NATO ally the United States would be harmed by a U.S. House committee's approval of a resolution calling the 1915 massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks genocide. The House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committee approved the resolution on Wednesday... REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY)"

Any expert thoughts on the reality of the dangers? Is there merit to the idea of staying in Greece and planning for Turkey another time.

Posted by
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Probably too late to help, but here's my thought:

If you never went anywhere where a protestor had shouted slogans about [insert your country's name here} - no one would ever go anywhere. Unless the foolery escalates considerably, I'd go and have some Lokum for me.

Posted by
4539 posts

I'm not an expert ... just wanted to share my experience. I visited to Turkey shortly after the Persian Gulf War. I almost cancelled my trip when the war broke out, but ended up keeping my plans. The Turkish people are wonderful and I never felt any concern for my personal safety. Turkey is the most fascinating place that I have ever visited.

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Just got back from Istanbul this week. Had a wonderful time. The people are friendly and helpful. As Rick said in one of his posts, unless there's actual threats against Tourists, go and have fun.