US asks its citizens to exercise caution

US asks its citizens to exercise caution

Following violence in city, the US Consulate General office in Chennai has advised its citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests or demonstrations.

While detailing the situation, the advisory states: “Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”

The advisory said, “Tensions in Karnataka, including the city of Bengaluru, continue to run high following a Supreme Court order that Karnataka release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

Sections of the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway are closed due to protests. There have been reports of Tamil Nadu-plated trucks being stoned and burnt. Section 144 of the CrPC which prohibits the gatherings of ten or more people, has been imposed in Bengaluru.  As a result, many businesses and companies throughout Bengaluru are closed. Local law enforcement has advised that they are tracking the situation and are prepared to respond appropriately.”

The consulate reminded the US citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Hence, they should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. It has asked them to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.
 

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