Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (February 26, 2023)

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Event UPDATE:  About 13,000 protesters have clashed with police near Hyde Park, resulting in 30-35 people being admitted to the General Hospital for injuries.  The protesters are now gathered at Lipton Circus for a rally.  There are police and a military presence on the streets near the rally and traffic in some areas is blocked.

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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