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

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Event:  Reports indicate that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and several unions plan to protest march from Victoria Park to the Presidential Secretariat around 2 PM today (February 26).  Around 4000 participants are expected.

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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