DYNAMIQ IN THE NEWS: TURKISH REFERENDUM RESULT MEANS HEIGHTENED RISK FOR ANZAC DAY CELEBRATIONS

Dynamiq provides security advice for travellers to Turkey for Anzac Day

- Reconsider travel to Turkey

- High risk to travellers while transiting to Gallipoli peninsula

- Be aware of terror risk in places of mass gathering

- Adhere to state of emergency restrictions

- Avoid open discussions of a political nature

- Register with consulate in Turkey

20 April - With the current situation in Turkey, travellers to Gallipoli for Anzac Day will face increased risks and should take extra precautions if they do continue to travel.

The Turkish referendum held over the weekend was about installing new powers for President Tayyip Erdogan, who claims he needs these powers to maintain stability. Council of Europe observers are claiming up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated in the narrow affirmative vote. There are also reports many journalists were arrested and beaten in the lead up to the referendum.

Civil disobedience and protests are likely early next week when the final results are announced. This may be delayed until the bulk of Anzac Day tourists depart the country, to avoid embarrassment for the President and international condemnation. However, the situation is extremely fluid and we would recommend travellers rethink their journey or exit Turkey if they are already in the country.

If travellers do continue on their journey to Gallipoli, the most vulnerable portion of any visit to the Anzac Ceremony will be while transiting to the Gallipoli peninsula and visits to areas not related to Anzac Day.

This risk is best mitigated by adhering to state of emergency restrictions, travelling with reputable providers, staying in secure accommodation and avoiding places of mass gathering such as tourist sites, iconic bars and restaurants. 

We recommend thorough journey planning, including registering with consulates in Turkey, and familiarising yourself with safe areas in the locations you are visiting.

Should an attack occur, your first priority should be your own safety. If you become aware of an attack, stay in place and assess the situation. If you are safe, for example in a hotel, remain in place, contact your national embassy or consulate and then your assistance provider and follow the advice provided. If you are in the immediate vicinity of an attack, depart the area at the first safe opportunity, call your assistance provider and follow the advice of security services.

The ‘yes’ vote in Turkey will mean a move from a democratic parliamentary system headed by a prime minister to a presidential system led by an executive president, Tayyip Erdogan. President Erdogan will also take greater control of the judicial system.

In July 2016, the Turkish Military attempted a Coup d'état and President Tayyip Erdogan installed a state of emergency to restore order. In October 2016, the AKP obtained support from the Nationalist Movement Party to draft changes to the constitution for a parliamentary vote in January 2017 which led to the referendum.

Opposition to the AKP policy fear that a presidency will place two much power in the hands of the President and erode their accountability by removing this separation of power.

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