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Istanbul safety

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Hello all,

We are visiting Istanbul in early September for 5 days. I was there for several days 5 years ago and had no issues. However, that was before the protests and I stayed in the main tourist area and was not out much after dark.

I'd like to see a bit more of the city away from the main tourist sites and later in the evening. I'm not looking for trouble but really enjoyed a day I just wandered some mostly residential areas across the river from the main area.

Does anyone have any late news of protesting or areas to definitely avoid? Besides unlighted back streets of course!

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