US Embassy warns citizens ahead of UNP rally

The Embassy told citizens to 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 and keep a low profile. (Colombo Gazette) Approximately 50,000 people were expected to attend the event. The US Embassy in Colombo urged US citizens to exercise caution during the major rally organised by the United National Party (UNP) at Galle Face today.The Embassy informed US citizens of the political rally that will be held today at Galle Face Green. The Embassy said that American Center operations will be closed to the public beginning at 12pm and 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,” it said. read more