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Turkish Government Issues US Travel Advisory After Anti-Trump Protests

The Turkish government warned Turkish citizens in the United States or considering traveling to the U.S. to “be careful due to protests” following the election of Donald Trump.

Hundreds of anti-Donald Trump protesters hold a demonstration in Washington Square Park as New Yorkers react to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States on Nov. 11, 2016 in New York City. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Hundreds of anti-Donald Trump protesters hold a demonstration in Washington Square Park as New Yorkers react to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States on Nov. 11, 2016 in New York City. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of several U.S. cities following Trump’s election, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, Oakland and Portland. Most demonstrations have been peaceful but some led to arrests and incidents of violence.

The advisory did not specifically mention Trump but said the unrest began after Tuesday’s elections.

“Sometimes the protests turn violent and criminal while protesters (are) detained by security forces,” the ministry of foreign affairs said Saturday, adding that “racists and xenophobic incidents increased in USA.”

Demonstrators protest the election of President elect Donald Trump in Denver, Colorado on Nov. 10, 2016. (Credit: Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images)

Demonstrators protest the election of President elect Donald Trump in Denver, Colorado on Nov. 10, 2016. (Credit: Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images)

“Considering the risks, we advise our citizens living and traveling to U.S. 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 statement added.

The President-elect initially dismissed the protestors on Twitter, calling them “professionals” incited by the media. He eventually called the demonstrators a “small group” with passion for America.

“We will all come together and be proud,” Trump wrote.

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for U.S. citizens going to Turkey late last month, citing increased threats from terrorist groups.