Street music, exhibitions, performances banned in Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue
Authorities in the Turkish city of Istanbul banned street trading, performances and exhibitions on Istiklal Avenue where thousand of tourists visit each day following a recent bombing which killed six people on November 13 that killed six and wounded 81.
Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya has issued a decree on measures to ensure security, peace and order on Istiklal street after the attack.
The decree said that police will not let anyone put tables, chairs, etc. by businesses on the street for any purpose. No billboard, mobile signage, and no commercial stands will be allowed either.
Street musicians and performance shows have also been banned as part of the decree.
Additional security measures have already been taken with a heavy presence of police patrolling the area after the bloody explosion that rocked the busiest pedestrian avenue in Istanbul.
The number of security officials and undercover police officers patrolling the avenue has increased considerably.
The benches and potted trees along the avenue have all been removed for security reasons after CCTV cameras revealed that the perpetrator sat on a bench for hours before carrying out the assault.
The avenue is among the hottest tourist destinations for tourists and citizens alike, attracting about 500,000 people each day.