Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (June 7, 2023)

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Event: University students have announced plans for a protest march today (June 7, 2023) in Colombo, starting at 1 PM at Victoria Park and headed towards the Presidential Secretariat.  Approximately 1000-1500 participants are expected to march.  The march is likely to cause road congestion.

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 11-202-8500 Phone

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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