Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (April 3, 2023)

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Event: Reports indicate the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) plans to hold a demonstration march starting from Lipton Circus moving towards the University Grants Commission at Ward Place (Colombo 7) at 2 PM today (Monday, April 3, 2023).  Approximately 1,000 people are expected to participate.

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 77-725-8500 Phone

+94 77-725-6307 Phone (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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