Group urges OFWs in the Middle East to take extra caution

AMID escalating protests by Muslims in the Middle East against the movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’, an overseas Filipino migrants group today urges fellow OFWs in Yemen, Libya, and Egypt to stay clear of protesting crowds.

Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona said in view of the escalating protests in Libya, Egypt and lately in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, at various US diplomatic posts in the Middle East, it is necessary for all OFWs working in those countries to take necessary precautions and advise to limit unnecessary movements within these countries.

“To emphasize the need to be safe and to secure ourselves from harm and violent acts, we strongly urge our fellow OFWs to stay clear of protesting crowds especially near the diplomatic posts of the US and similar establishments as targets of massive protests,” Monterona added.

Monterona added that based on their initial assessment, the Muslim protests may snowball to other middle eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE where there are large concentrations of OFWs.

“Once again, we strongly advised our fellow Filipinos in the Middle East to be respectful of the host government state religion and their symbols,” Monterona adding that Filipinos abroad must refrain from maligning any religion and their prophets as what the movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’ had disrespectfully conveyed.

Monterona admitted that he does not yet viewed in full the movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’, he, however, said, “Our Muslim brothers won’t rise up in arms for nothing. Certainly, the movie ‘Innocence of Muslim’ had done wrong or maliciously conveyed that is something protesting or even revolting courtesy of some war-monger US propagandists.”

Meanwhile, Monterona announced that their group “Sagip Migrante” evacuation and assistance program is reactivated to serve and provide aid to OFWs who will be needing assistance amid the escalating Muslim protests in the Middle East.

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