German's Foreign Ministry warns its citizens about travelling to Turkey after spate of arrests
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 06-Sep-2017
Ankara, 6 September: Turkey has always consistently maintained its bad reputationof detaining tourist as ‘spy’ in their country. Earlier incidents have seen Turkish military personnels detaining 35 people including 9 journalists on suspicion of terror links. Due to events like these, Germany’s foreign ministry has warned its citizens travelling to Turkey as it could endanger one’s life.
The change in travel advice, issued on Tuesday, marks a new low in relations between the NATO allies and is a blow for the tourist sector, which has already been hit by militant attacks and the fall-out from last year’s failed coup attempt in Turkey.
The Ministry gave out its statement saying, “There is a risk of similar detentions in all parts of Turkey, including the tourist regions.” It falls short of a formal travel warning, issued for war-afflicted countries like Afghanistan, Iraq or Yemen, which would make obtaining travel insurance harder.
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said, “We can’t take from tourists the decision whether to travel or not. But we have described in detail what you should be aware of before you go.”
Large numbers of European citizens have been caught up in the crackdown following last year’s failed coup against President Tayyip Erdogan, in the wake of which tens of thousands of Turks have been imprisoned on “terrorism” charges.