The United States advised on its citizens in Sri Lanka to avoid political rallies and demonstrations, during the Presidential Election campaign period.
Overseas Security Advisory Council - Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the US Department of State in a message advised its citizens to monitor local media in case of public disturbances.
“Sri Lanka will hold a Presidential Election on January 8, 2015. The campaign will feature large public events and rallies. Political rallies and election campaigns in Sri Lanka have occasionally turned violent. US citizens are reminded to avoid polling stations, large public gatherings, political rallies and demonstrations. US citizens are advised to monitor local media in case of public disturbances,” the message stated.