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

Date: January 30, 2024

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Event(s):  A protest march is expected to take place TODAY (January 30, 2024), starting around 1:30 p.m., with approximately 8,000-10,000 participants.  Protesters are expected to gather in the following locations and then march to the Fort Railway Station or the Finance Ministry:

  • Hyde Park, Union Place
  • Campbell Park, Borella
  • Sirisena Grounds, Maligawatta
  • Victoria Park, TownHall

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.

For Assistance: ​

U.S. Embassy – Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94-(0)11-202-8500 Phone

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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