US State Department mocked for warning citizens away from...Irish music festival
The world can be a dangerous place and the US State Department often warns its citizens to avoid travel to defined hotspots. This weekend alone the department issued warnings concerning planned suicide bombings in Afghanistan, arson in Haiti, demonstrations in Mali, and a suburban music festival in Dublin, Ireland.
One of these events is not like the others, yet the state department warned its citizens in Ireland of “a potential for violence” at the Longitude festival, which runs until Sunday in Dublin’s leafy Marlay Park. “Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution if in the area,” it tweeted on Friday.
#Dublin#Ireland: Reports indicate a potential for violence at the Longitude Festival taking place from July 5-7 in Marlay Park. Police have increased event security and are monitoring the situation. Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution if in the area. pic.twitter.com/buBHuD5JRo— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) July 5, 2019
The tweet did not mention its sources, but was published shortly after a similar message from the US embassy in Dublin, which warned Americans to avoid the festival altogether, monitor local media for updates, and “notify family and friends of your safety.”
The Irish were quick to mock the State Department. “Violence?,” one tweeted. “Are ICE agents doing security or something?”“Ah lads, this is Ireland, the only report to be worried about is the weather report this weekend,” another added.
“There could be a bit of banter over a few pints,” one said. “There is however no chance of an armed gunman using a semi automatic weapon fire on festival goers.”
FIXED Dublin #Ireland: Reports indicate HUGE potential for FUN at the Longitude Festival taking place from July 5-7 in Marlay Park. (UNARMED) Gardai are mingling (in a non-threatening) way with attendees. Be aware of your nearest bar and exercise caution when carrying beer.— Chalk IT Up (@shinnersC) July 6, 2019
The Irish police (Gardaí) posted pictures of officers mingling with the crowd on Friday. “Nothing to see here folks except good fun, good music and above all a very enjoyable evening,” the force tweeted. By Saturday afternoon, “no incidents of note” had been reported.
The only notable arrest came before the festival began, as rap megastar A$AP Rocky was detained in Sweden on Friday, on suspicion of assault a week earlier. The rapper was due to headline Longitude on Friday night.
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