The Government states: “A State of Emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka, and curfews are being imposed at short notice.
“Several incidents took place on May 9 involving violence against peaceful protestors, including in the Galle Face area in Colombo, where the security authorities used tear gas and water cannons.
“Incidents also took place near Beira Lake in Colombo, Kandy, and in other parts of the country, resulting in injuries and loss of life.
“Further incidents could take place. If you are in Sri Lanka at this time, you should avoid all protests and follow the advice of local authorities.”