Demonstration Alert: U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (September 16, 2022)

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Events: The Trade Unions Assembly, Trade Unions Coordination Center, and some political parties have announced a planned protest at 2:00 PM today, Friday, September 16, 2022, starting in the vicinity of Town Hall with plans to march towards Hyde Park (near Hilton Residences). The protest is estimated to have 1000 participants.

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 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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