Turkey has warned its citizens against traveling to the United States in an advisory on the website of its Foreign Ministry posted Saturday.
The warning comes in the wake of the coast-to-coast protests by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton that have taken place in some two dozen major American cities following Tuesday’s election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States.
The ministry said in its warning, “It has been understood from protesters’ social media accounts that the protests will continue for a while.”
The ministry also advised Turkish citizens to be “calm” about possible “xenophobia and racist abuse” and to “contact local security forces in the event of such incidents.”
Turkish media has been closely watching events in the United States.
“In Indianapolis, some protesters began chanting threats including “Kill the Police,” and officers moved in to arrest seven demonstrators. Police briefly fired pepper balls into the crowd during the confrontation,” reported the Hurriyet Daily News.
“Protesters rallied at New York’s Union Square before taking their cause up Fifth Avenue toward Trump Tower, where they were held back by police barricades. The Republican president-elect was holed up inside his tower apartment, working with aides on the transition to the White House.
“Among those railing against him was filmmaker Michael Moore, who tweeted a demand that Trump ‘step aside.'”
The new president-elect was reported to be “making some headway in forming a new administration.”Hana Levi Julian