Exercise caution while travelling in the US, Bahamas tells its citizens

'Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds,' the advisory warned. Photograph:( Getty )

WION New Delhi, India Jul 09, 2016, 05.57 PM (IST)
The Bahamas has issued an official travel advisory warning its citizens, especially "young males", to exercise caution while travelling in the United States of America. 

The travel advisory issued by the island's foreign affairs ministry takes note of the "recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young black males by police officers". The ministry urged its citizens to exercise caution, especially while travelling in the affected cities. 

"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 advisory reads. Many Bahamians are expected to spend their independence holiday weekend in the US.

The advisory also asked citizens to contact the country's consular offices in case of any difficult situation instead of trying to resolve it themselves.

"Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds," it warned.

The advisory comes in the wake of the shooting of two unarmed African-American men, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minneapolis, by policemen, in circumstances that have caused an international uproar.

Soon after the police shooting, an Afghanistan veteran, Micah Johnson, shot dead five caucasian police officers and wounded six other at a peaceful protest in Dallas against the killings of Sterling and Castile. Johnson reportedly said he wanted to kill "white police officers".

Two others shot at policemen in Tennessee and near Ballwin, Missouri, over the next 24 hours.