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On Saturday, the Turkish Government issued a travel warning to its citizens urging them to stay away from the United States if possible because of the rioting that has emerged following Donald Trump’s Presidential win. Turkey specifically states that those citizens traveling to or around the U.S. need to”be careful due to protests” and avoid targeted cities. The advisory comes less than two weeks after the State Department issued a warning against traveling to Turkey as extremist groups in the nation are “continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens.”
Since late Tuesday evening as the election results were rolling in and it was apparent Donald Trump was going to be the winner, protestors have organized in the streets to show their dismay over the choice of the next President of the United States. Though some of the rallies have remained peaceful, an alarming number have turned violent, ending in injuries and mass arrests. New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, Oakland and Portland are among the list of cities that have seen the most commotion as a result of the protests.
“Sometimes the protests turn violent and criminal while protesters (are) detained by security forces,” the ministry of foreign affairs said Saturday, adding that “racists and xenophobic incidents increased in USA.”
“Considering the risks, we advise our citizens living and traveling to U.S. 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 workspace and to apply to local security when there is a racist or xenophobic attack while keeping calm,” the statement added.
The travel warning issued by the State Department in late October warns Americans that “Foreign and U.S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations in Turkey.” It also adds that “extremists have also threatened to kidnap and assassinate Westerners and U.S. citizens” and that U.S. citizens are “reminded to review personal security plans, monitor local news for breaking events, and remain vigilant at all times.”
The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, took offense to the warning reacted by saying that the locations in Turkey were “not more unsafe than any US state.”