US citizens in Colombo urged to avoid protests

November 8, 2018

US citizens in Colombo have been warned of possible traffic congestion along several roads owing to a planned vehicle procession organised by several political groups today.

The US Embassy in Colombo issuing an advisory said the planned vehicle procession travelling from Galle Face Green to Parliament that commenced at noon today will likely result in heavy traffic along the roads and possible road closures.

Issuing a statement on its official website the US Embassy said even though the event is intended to be peaceful it may turn confrontational and escalate into violence and therefore urged US citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.