U.S. government warns citizens of violent anti-U.S. demonstrations around the world

September 10th, 2010 - 12:26 am ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — The U.S. State Department on Thursday issued a global travel alert to warn its citizens of potential anti-U.S. demonstrations over a proposed Koran burning event in Florida.

“The Department of State is issuing this Travel Alert to caution U.S. citizens of the potential for anti-U.S. demonstrations in many countries in response to stated plans by a church in Florida to burn Qur’ans on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,” the alert read. “Demonstrations, some violent, have already taken place in several countries, including Afghanistan and Indonesia, in response to media reports of the church’s plans.”

The U.S. State Department said the potential for further - violent - protests and demonstrations remains high, and urged Americans around the world to pay attention to local reaction to the situation and avoid areas where demonstrations may take place.

“We also remind you of the continuing threat to U.S. interests and citizens posed by various terrorist groups,” the department added. “U.S. government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert. These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture.”

The global Travel Alert was issued soon after Interpol also issued a global alert, warning its 188 member countries that terrorist attacks are likely if the proposed event goes ahead as planned.

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