Bahamas issues advisory to citizens visiting US: ‘Avoid crowds’ due to cops shooting ‘young black males’
Taking note of tensions in the U.S. after the shooting of two black men by police, only to be followed by sniper fire that took the lives of five Dallas policemen at a Black Lives Matter protest, the Bahamian government has issued a warning to its citizens visiting the US.
Be careful and avoid crowds.
According to a statement posted online by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Bahamian citizens vising America should be extra cautious given recent events..
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has taken a note of the recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young black males by police officers,” the statement reads. “At the commencement of the Independence holiday weekend, many Bahamians will no doubt use the opportunity to travel, in particular to destinations in the United States.”
“We wish to advise all Bahamians traveling to the US but especially to the affected cities to exercise appropriate caution generally. In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police” it continues, before giving a very specific warning.
“Do not be confrontational and cooperate.”
Officials added, “Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds.”
The statement also includes links to various Bahamian consular offices located across the U.S.