The Turkish government issued a travel advisory for its citizens travelling to the United States and the ones already there, in the wake of the widespread anti-Donald Trump protests ongoing in the US.
The advisory appeals Turkish citizens to be "careful due to the protests." The advisory, however, did not mention President-elect Donald Trump's name, although it did add that the unrest in the states had begun after the US elections.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump achieved an unprecedented win in the United States on Tuesday. His election for the US presidency has shocked many across the world, especially many Americans who believe Trump promotes hate and divide.
Major anti-Trump protests were held in big cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland and the smaller ones like Massachusetts, Worcester and Iowa city. The protests were largely peaceful except for the one in Portland, Oregon, which led to violence and rioting but was later brought under control by police through tear-gas shelling.
"Sometimes the protests turn violent and criminal while protesters (are) detained by security forces...racists and xenophobic incidents (have) increased in USA," the ministry of foreign affairs said on Saturday.
"Considering the risks, we advise our citizens living and travelling to the US 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 work space and to apply to local security when there is a racist or xenophobic attack while keeping calm," the advisory stated.
Trump, during his presidential campaign, had made hateful remarks against immigrants, women and Muslims. Trump called Mexicans rapists and drug peddlers and has proposed to build a wall along the US-Mexican border to keep immigrants out. He has also proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the US.
The US President-elect had also shocked the nation over his derogatory remarks on women, especially his lewd comments which were revealed in a video recording of 2005, where he openly bragged about sexually assaulting women.