Emergency Message for US Citizens Political rally

Location: Colombo 03, Maradana, Town hall, Sri Lanka

Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a political rally that will be held today at Galle Face Green.  Approximately 50,000 people are expected to attend the event.  Crowds may begin gathering as early as 11am.  The rally is expected to begin at 1pm.  Rally participants are expected to gather in Maradana, Fort, Town hall, and Temple Tree areas and walk to Galle Face Green.

American Center operations will be closed to the public beginning at 12pm; the US Embassy will be closed to the public from 3pm today.

The Embassy reminds citizens that even rallies intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Actions to Take:

–          Expect traffic delays and possible road closures along the route of the procession
–          Avoid the areas of the demonstrations
–          Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
–          Monitor local media for updates
–          Keep a low profile


U.S. Embassy – Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 249-8500 Phone
+94 077-725-6307 Phone (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444