Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
· The U.S. Embassy has reports that more than 1000 protesters and police are clashing near the Colombo Town Hall and Fort area (Colombo 01). Police are reportedly using tear gas and water cannons to control the crowd.
Even peaceful demonstrations can quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid areas of rallies or demonstrations.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Keep a low profile.
U.S. Embassy – Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11-202-8500 Phone
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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