Venezuela Issues 'Travel Warnings' to Citizens Following US Mass Shootings
Uruguay and Venezuela warn residents of US dangers
Venezuela has issued travel warnings to its residents following the recent spate of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, which killed at least 31 people.
The first warning was issued from Uruguay's Office of Foreign Ministry urging citizens to “take precautions against growing indiscriminate violence, mostly for hate crimes, including racism and discrimination, which cost the lives of more than 250 people in the first seven months of this year.”
The warning seemingly suggests the U.S. government's inability “to prevent these situations.”
The Foreign Ministry blamed “the indiscriminate possession of firearms” as part of the problem, and warned travelers to avoid crowded places such as theme parks, food festivals, malls, and sporting events.
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On Monday, Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry office issued a similar warning, which included a statement that Americans’ “inexcusable indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population, encouraged by the federal government” was mostly to blame.
According got the statement:
“These increasing acts of violence have found an echo and support in the conversations and actions impregnated by racial discrimination and hatred against migrant populations, pronounced and executed by the supremacist elite who holds political power in Washington," CNN reported.
The outlet also noted that the U.S issued its own travel warnings for both Uruguay and Venezuela.
The former is listed under a “Level 2” advisory, meaning travelers should “exercise increased caution” due to heightened crime.
The advisory also suggests travelers avoid displaying “signs of wealth” and leave “valuable objects in parked vehicles or in plain sight when driving.”
“Criminals commonly travel in pairs on motorcycles to approach unsuspecting victims with a weapon and demand personal belongings,” the U.S. warns.
“Armed criminals also target grocery stores, restaurants, financial centers, and small businesses, in which innocent bystanders are often victimized.”
As for crime-ridden Venezuela, it is now in the grips of its socialist government and policies.
The U.S. lists the country under a “Level 4” advisory, meaning people shouldn’t travel to Venezuela at all.
“Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, kidnapping, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens,” the U.S. warns.
The advisory also notes the country is experiencing “shortages of food, electricity, water, medicine, and medical supplies.”
The same website Uruguay used to find three dangerous cities in the U.S. ranks Venezuela as the 11th most dangerous country in the world.
And it's the capital city, Caracas, is ranked as the most dangerous city in the world.