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

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Event:  There have been calls for several demonstrations in Colombo on February 3 and 4.  While exact details are unclear, various groups have called for demonstrations at Independence Square, Liberty Circus, Fort Railway Station, Lipton Circus (Town Hall), and Diyatha Uyana (Battaramulla).  Heavy traffic congestion and public transportation disruptions may be experienced throughout the day beyond the previously announced Independence Day festivities road closures.

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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