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06/12/2013 03:45 pm ET

The National In Turkey: Band Cancels Istanbul Show

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As tensions and violence hit new highs in Turkey as protests continue, indie rock band The National has canceled an upcoming gig in the country.

The band was scheduled to perform at the Istanbul Calling Festival on June 23, but announced Wednesday that they were canceling the appearance.

"We're sad to report that our Istanbul show has been canceled," The National wrote on the band's official Facebook page. "We support the right to peaceful protest and hope that excessive violence by riot police ends quickly. #direngeziparki"

Made up of Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, and Scott Devendorf, The National is currently in the midst of an international tour to promote the band's sixth studio album, "Trouble Will Find Me."

Last month, Depeche Mode also canceled a concert in the Turkish metropolis. The veteran rockers became involved in a border dispute, explaining in a statement, "The Bulgarian trucking blockade at the Bulgaria-Turkey border has prevented Depeche Mode's production trucks from crossing the border into Turkey, forcing this situation. Depeche Mode and Purple Concerts are currently working to reschedule tonight’s show to later a later date in the Depeche Mode tour."

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