- Event: Protest rally
- Location: US Consulate General, Istanbul (map)
- Start Time/Date: 1430 Jan. 5
- Impact: Increased security; localized traffic disruptions
Several activist groups plan to demonstrate in front of the US Consulate General in Istanbul starting at 1430 Jan. 5. The purpose of the rally is to protest the Jan. 3 killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in a US air strike in Baghdad, Iraq. The event could draw several hundred participants.
While the gathering will probably remain largely peaceful, authorities will almost certainly deploy heavy security around the consulate as a precaution, given the controversy sparked by Soleimani's death. Localized traffic disruptions are likely; low-level skirmishes or other security disturbances cannot be ruled out.
As a precaution, avoid the rally until all of the participants have dispersed and vacated the area. Confirm business appointments with the US Consulate General during the afternoon of Jan. 5; allow extra time to reach destinations near the facility until the planned demonstration ends.