The capital of the country through the eyes of a correspondent HotLine.travel
About heightened security in major cities of Turkey this year has been reported repeatedly. In late October, the editors have had the opportunity to assess the situation in the country’s capital – in one-day press tour in Ankara went by the correspondent HotLine.travel Vladislav Frisco.
The procedure of customs control, standard: baggage sailed away on the tape for the scan duty, but the gaze of the border guard, the stamp in the passport. Reinforced police too quickly, not to mention armed with machine guns people in uniform. Maybe his role is played by the fact that the airport of Ankara, despite its more than impressive area in the late evening hour was almost empty. Although those who regularly there, asserts that the large influx of passengers here do not happen almost never.
Early in the morning. One of the streets of the city center within walking distance from the Ramada. All quite casually and calmly. People rushing to work, and the yellow taxis do intricate pirouettes in traffic, looking for potential customers.
On the way to the Museum of Anatolian civilizations once again convinced that the situation in Turkey now quite calm and Ankara is no exception. At numerous intersections is often only one policeman (apparently enough). Drive through the diplomatic quarter, where the Embassy of the United States, Switzerland, Israel, Serbia, Iran. No enhanced protection depodesta also not observed.
However, when you visit tourist attractions without the control input is not enough. At the Museum, too, have protection.
It seems that security interest to what is happening, but it is obvious that actually it is not so.
In the historical center of Ankara Hamamönü life flows at a leisurely Oriental manner. On the street you can enjoy freshly made Turkish coffee.
Or enjoy a tasty bun.
The shelves are incredibly bright and delicious lemons and pomegranates are pre-cut – never seen such large.
Taking advantage of the opportunity to walk around the city, talking with locals who are always willing to show you the way or give you tips on which store is better to visit. I am, however, more interested in other things: how did the situation in Turkey due to the coup attempt and the introduction and then the extension of the emergency rule. It turns out that any fundamental changes have occurred. Except that was more police on the streets, especially after the terrorist attacks at the metro station and the Parliament building. But later a large number of law enforcement officers again observed. Perhaps they are following the example of their colleagues in Antalya continue to serve, dressed in civilian clothes. For tourists visiting the city, no special requirement. They only recommended to always be in possession of documents – the measure, no harm when visiting any country.
Already on the way back, the security measures still made themselves felt. At the checkpoint on the way to the airport I noticed at least four police officers in bullet-proof vests.
Edition Of HotLine.travel expresses the gratitude of UIA and development Agency, Ankara (ADA) for organizing the trip, excellent welcome and assistance in preparing the material.