Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (June 9, 2022)

Date: June 9, 2022

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Events: A group is planning to protest outside the U.S. Embassy on Thursday, June 9 at 4:00 PM.  Another group of about 1,000 people has announced plans to march from the GotaGoGama site at Galle Face Green to the Police Headquarters between 2:00 – 3:00 PM.  The protest might cause congested roads in Colombo 01 and 02.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly 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 the 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 77-725-8500 Phone

+94 77-725-6307 Phone (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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