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Turkish government issues US travel advisory after anti-Trump protests

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Thousands of protesters march in reaction to the upset election of Republican Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the race for President of the United States on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (McNew/Getty Images)

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

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of several US 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.”

“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 workspace 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 a passion for America.

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

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