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Bahamian gov’t issues travel advisory to the US

Published:Sunday | July 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The Bahamas last Friday issued a rare travel advisory for any of its citizens visiting the United States, recommending that young men, in particular, take care in cities affected by recent tensions over police shootings.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns visitors to "exercise appropriate caution" in light of recent episodes involving police officers and black men. It also advises people not to get involved in demonstrations and to avoid crowds.

"In particular, young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate," the statement said.

The advisory came after two black men were shot last week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St Paul, Minnesota, and five police officers were 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.

The US regularly issues travel advisories for Americans visiting other countries. In January, the US Embassy in Nassau put out a warning over crime in the Bahamian capital, which prompted complaints from business owners in the tourism-dependent island nation.

The statement from the Bahamian foreign ministry provided a list of consular offices in the US for its citizens to contact in case issues arise.

"Pay attention to the public notices and news announcements in the city that you are visiting," the advisory said. "Be safe, enjoy the holiday weekend, and be sensible."