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

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Event:  The Embassy is aware of the following planned demonstrations tomorrow (February 8), which may make travel around Colombo more difficult or result in road closures:

  • The National Buddhist Monks Front plans to protest at Victoria Park at 9:30 AM.  This group may change location and move throughout Colombo as the day unfolds.  1500-2000 participants are expected
  • The Professional Unions Assembly plans to gather at Fort Railway Station and Maradana Railway Station before marching to Hype Park, Union Place at 2 PM.  1000-1200 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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