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Warden Message - March 25, 2011

Warden Message - March 25, 2011

The Embassy has reports that two protests about U.S. involvement in Libya will happen today, March 25th.  The first protest is expected to start about 1 p.m. and will be held in front of the Mosque on St. Michael’s Road, Colombo 3.  The second demonstration is expected to start around 1 p.m. and a group of about 300 may march to the U.S. Embassy on 210 Galle Road.  American citizens should avoid going to either location during the demonstrations and should monitor local media for the latest information.   We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and become violent. 

U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's latest Country Specific Information and Travel Warning for Sri Lanka, and the Worldwide Caution.  U.S. citizens living or traveling in Sri Lanka are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website.

For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad".  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo is located at 210 Galle Road.  The telephone number is +94 11 249-8500.  The number for after-hours emergencies is +94 11 249-8888.  The fax number is +94 11 249-8501.  The Consulate's e-mail address is colomboacs@state.gov  and its Internet web page is http://srilanka.usembassy.gov.