Police Shootings in America trigger Bahamas Advisory for US-bound Citizens
It’s usually the other way around, but the Bahamas is issuing advisories to its citizens who’re planning to go to the United States.
The rare travel advisory cites racial tensions, and recommends that young men in particular exercise caution in cities impacted by recent police shootings. The Caribbean nation warned its residents, nearly 91 percent of whom are black, to be aware of potentially volatile situations in the US and act accordingly.
“In particular, young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police,” said the advisory issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. “Do not be confrontational, and cooperate.”
“Pay attention to the public notices and news announcements in the city that you are visiting,” the advisory added.
The government also recommended that its citizens contact consular offices if a situation arose, and discouraged participation in any political or other demonstrations “under any circumstances and avoid crowds.”
The bulletin did not mention any specific cities or particular incidents, such as the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling by police last Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile a day later in suburban St Paul, Minnesota.
Five police officers were subsequently killed and seven others wounded at a protest in Dallas — marking the deadliest day for US law enforcement since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – and the unrest continues.