The Bahamas’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration issued a warning to its citizens telling them to exercise caution when traveling to the United States because of police violence.
“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 read.
The statement stressed that its travelers, especially young males to “exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with police.” In addition, the statement read “do not be confrontational and cooperate.”
The issued statement comes just ahead of the Bahama’s Independence Day which is celebrated on July 10. Many Bahamians plan to travel to the United States during the public holiday.
The statement comes following the deaths of two black males, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, who were both killed last week by police officers. It also comes following the death of five police officers that were killed at a protest in Dallas, Texas.
The statement also says for Bahamians, “Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds.”
“Pay attention to the public notices and news announcements in the city that you are visiting,” the statement concluded.