WARNING: Turkey citizens to ‘be careful when visiting US’
- Turkey issued a warning asking citizens going to US to be careful
- Protests erupted in the States after Trump was elected President
- Turkey statement says racist, xenophobic incidents have increased in US
The government of Turkey has issued a warning to its citizens currently in the United States and those wishing to travel there to “be careful due to protests” that erupted following the election of Donald Trump for president.
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which issued the warning, did not specify president-elect Trump, but noted that the protests began after election night on Tuesday.
Watch out for violence
“Sometimes the protests turn violent and criminal while protesters are detained by security forces,” the statement read, adding that “racist and xenophobic incidents increased in USA”.
“Considering the risks, we advise our citizens living and traveling to US to follow local media, to follow the warning of our embassy in Washington and American security forces, to stay away from protests, to increase their security in work space and to apply to local security when there is a racist or xenophobic attack while keeping calm,” the statement added.
Thousands of protestors took to the streets after Trump won the election, beating Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.
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Demonstrations exploded in several cities, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, Oakland and Portland. Most instances have been peaceful, but incidents of violence and some arrests were recorded in some areas.
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Last month, the US issued a travel warning to its citizens advising them against travelling to Turkey. This was after several incidents associated with terrorist groups took place in Turkey.