Twenty-four hours after the bomb attack on the British embassy blew out the
windows of the shop next door, there was a queue outside one Istanbul
By Lisa Mitchell
BBC News Online, in Istanbul
In a defiant gesture, its owner was rewarding Turks who braved the terrorist
threat by giving away samples of chocolate profiteroles.
It was a light moment in an otherwise dark day for the locals who, despite
the tension, went to work and school as usual.
Business as usual in Istanbul
Time and again they told me they were sad, and some angry, but what else
could they do?
Staying away and letting the terrorists win was not an option.
"Everyone talks about staying away from crowded places but if they're going
to bomb again it could be anywhere.
"How can you choose where not to go?"
said commercial diver Levent Izcan.
The 21-year-old had come to gaze at the place where the British embassy
building used to be, the street cordoned off now while debris is cleared
away and surrounding buildings made safe.
There is a sense Turkey has been dragged onto the international stage.
Actress Yasemin Balik said: "This might have happened in England or France.
"They were not Turks or English who died but humanity. It was an attack on
"I hope now people from different countries will work together to end these
She was so upset by the bombing she joined Turkish Muslims in fasting for
Levent Izcan said there would be "no staying away"
"I don't normally because I don't have any one religion but I just wanted to
do something to mark this terrible event. I felt helpless to do anything
For others these bombs, along with those sent crashing into two synagogues in the
city last weekend, came printed with a clear message to Turkey.
"America is attacking Iraq and Palestine and who was bombed?
British people," said Selim Surmeli, whose watch stall had been shaken by
the explosion at the embassy.
"I think there will be more bombs. It seems, whoever continues to help
[US] President [George W] Bush will be punished."
Alpay Gumrukcu, a graphic artist, thought his country was not doing enough
to tackle terrorism.
"We border on terrorist countries. We made a mistake not sending troops to
Iraq. It makes me angry.
"I'm also terrified and my mother is terrified. I'm staying in at night
instead of going out with friends. And I have no idea how long this fear
Halil Yorulmaz was in the army for 12 years. Yet he finds himself listening
all the time for explosions.
Yasemin Balik believes it was an attack on every country
"I'll admit I'm a little afraid," said the security guard.
But for fishmonger Idris Cimen it was business as usual. Except it was not.
"The prices have decreased because of the terror and the customers have
"But they will be back," he said with a shrug.