Two violence-plagued Latin American countries have issued warnings to their citizens against traveling to America, citing recent back-to-back mass shootings that left 31 people dead. The two countries, Uruguay and Venezuela issued the official travel warning Monday.
The warning came barely four days after the U.S issued travel advisory for Uruguay due to an increase in violent crime, including homicides, armed robberies and carjacking.
The U.S had long cautioned her citizens against traveling to Venezuela “due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, kidnapping, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.”
In a press release, Uruguay’s Foreign Ministry urged citizens to take “extreme precautions” if traveling to the US because of “growing indiscriminate violence, mostly for hate crimes, including racism and discrimination.”
It warned of “indiscriminate possession of firearms” and advised Uruguayans to avoid large public events including shopping centers, art and food festivals, and religious gatherings.
Uruguay also warned citizens against visiting cities it calls “among the 20 most dangerous in the world,” listing Detroit, Baltimore and Albuquerque.
Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry also issued a statement urging her citizens to “postpone travel” to the US because of “violence and indiscriminate hate crimes.”
They cited last weekend’s back-to-back shootings in El Paso, TX., and Dayton, Ohio — which left a total of 31 dead — in a statement.
Venezuela, which has been the focus of multiple State Department travel warnings, advises its citizens to avoid visiting the US due to threat of mass shootings. Blames the “supremacist elite in Washington” for the phenomenon. pic.twitter.com/bpMlEiHTsh
— Joshua Goodman (@APjoshgoodman) August 5, 2019
22 people were killed and 26 injured after a gunman went on a shooting rampage Saturday morning August 3, in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Several of the 22 people killed were from Mexico. The shooting suspect Patrick Crucius was arrested and taken into custody.
The following day, August 4, Nine people were killed and 14 others injured when a gunman opened fire in downtown Dayton, Ohio, overnight Sunday. The gunman was killed by police within 30 seconds of the first shots being fired.
“These growing acts of violence have found echo and sustenance in the speeches and actions impregnated with racial discrimination and hatred against migrant populations pronounced and executed from the supremacist elite that hold political power in Washington,” Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry said, according to The Washington Post.