Locals react to unrest in Turkey

Posted at 11:28 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 23:28:13-04

Many people here locally are watching the news come in about their native country of Turkey. The owner at Agora Kitchen in West Palm Beach has been in constant contact with his loved ones.

"A lot of bridges are closed from the military," says Semih Ozdemir.

Ozdemir fears for his loved ones.

"As it is happening in my country, yeah."

Semih's mom and dad live in Ankara. He also has friends in Istanbul. Osman Mehter also has siblings in Turkey.

Both are concerned after learning a group from the Turkish Military has attempted to take over the country, hearing reports of gunshots and unclear who has control.

"All my Turkish employees are trying to communicate with their families, but nobody knows whats happening."

For everyone at Agora, its a feeling of helplessness more than six thousand miles away.'

"Terrible. You don't know what to do," says Mehter.

Both say their loved ones are safe.


Tokyo Olympics Medal Count as of early July 29, 2021