The National took to Twitter to announce that they were pulling the plug on their upcoming show in Turkey due to escalating unrest.
The band wrote: “Our Istanbul show has been cancelled. We support peaceful protest and hope excessive violence by police ends quickly. #direngeziparki.” They were scheduled to perform at the Istanbul Calling festival on June 23.
At least 4,947 people have been injured in the Istanbul protests, according to the New York Times. Demonstrations began over a plan to tear up the city’s remaining green space and replace it with a mall similar in design to “Ottoman-era barracks.”
The National are currently on international tour to promote their recently released album Trouble Will Find Me.