Demonstration Alert: U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Event: Demonstration Alert: U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 20, 2023

The SJB plans to hold demonstration marches today (February 20) at 2 P.M. starting from the opposition headquarters near Victoria Park, Lipton Circus, Fort Railway, and Kollupitiya Junction.  The groups will move to the Presidential Secretariat and the Ministry of Finance.  More than 2,000 people are expected to participate in this demonstration.  Traffic may be affected during the afternoon commute.

Even peaceful demonstrations can quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Please avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations, particularly those that do not have security screenings and access controls in place.  Be cautious when traveling near rallies 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.


For Assistance: ​

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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