I'm headed to Istanbul tomorrow for a three-night stay. I'm an American woman who will be traveling alone. I don't expect any trouble, though of course I won't be doing anything stupid. However, it seems like the political situation in Turkey is getting very hot this week (especially today).
I know these things are impossible to predict with certainty, but am I likely to run into any protests in the tourist areas? I am signed up for the U.S. State Department's Istanbul and Turkey e-mail lists; I'm sure that if anything is announced, they will send out a warning. There are currently no alerts or specific warnings for Istanbul, though.
I'm asking here more about unplanned or spontaneous demonstrations. I'm staying in Sultanahmet and will visit Taksim and Beyoglu, but will probably not venture outside those areas on this short trip. I'm not really concerned, but my parents and friends will probably freak out when they wake up and read the news today about half the Cabinet getting fired, and I'd like to be able to reassure them. Thanks!