Lecturer David Selim Sayers Comments from Turkey After Coup Attempt

Monday, July 18, 2016
LOS ANGELES TIMES -- The U.S. Embassy in Turkey issued an alert in response to the violence warning Americans to shelter in place. A visiting California academic in Istanbul, David Selim Sayers, reported that he had seen stores shutting their doors, people rushing for their cars, and long lines outside corner stores and ATMs. In a dorm at Bosporus University, where Sayers is a guest lecturer, he said there was a rush on a vending machine selling Oreo cookies. “We don’t know how it’s going to go,” said Sayers, who teaches at San Francisco State University, “but people are preparing for the worst.”