The US embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, has issued a travel alert to US citizens travelling to Dominica. The alert follows Monday’s riots in the capital, Roseau, in the lead up to the General Elections on December 6. There are forecasts of demonstrations and protests leading up to polling day.
Recent demonstrations have involved police use of tear gas.
US government personnel and others have been urged to exercise caution if planning to travel to Dominica over the next several weeks,” the alert said.
US citizens are advised to avoid demonstrations, monitor local media for updates, keep a low profile and to be aware of their surroundings.
A protest over election reform erupted on the Caribbean island, with more than 200 people fighting police before being dispersed with tear gas, officials said Tuesday.
The opposition United Workers’ Party has been pushing the ruling party to enact reforms that could reduce the ruling party’s electoral advantage.