In the wake of high profile shootings this week in Falcon Heights (Minnesota), Baton Rouge (Louisiana), and Dallas (Texas), the The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration in the Bahamas has taken note of the recent tensions and yesterday issued a Travel Advisory for Bahamians visiting the United States.
According to the press release:
We wish to advise all Bahamians traveling to the US but especially to the affected cities to exercise appropriate caution generally. 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.
If there is any issue please allow consular offices for The Bahamas to deal with the issues. Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds.
It goes on to say that The Bahamas has consular offices in New York, Washington, Miami and Atlanta and honorary consuls in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and Houston, and that citizens should pay attention to “public notices” and “news announcements” in any city that they visit.
While it seems wise to remind travelers to not get involved in political demonstrations in foreign countries, I can’t decide if this press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration is necessary – or just inflammatory. What do you think?