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Hartal and protests against sexual violence in Eastern Province

People across the Eastern Province undertook a day of Hartal and protest on Friday calling for justice for the sexual assault of three children in Trincomalee last week.

Three schoolgirls from Mallikaitheevu, Trincomalee, between the ages of 6 and 8 were reportedly hospitalised after being assaulted by four construction workers who were not from the area.

A week of protests culminated in a shutdown of areas of the East, with the Eastern Teachers Union and civil society organisations undertaking Hartal and protesting for the protection of children.

Attendance at all Tamil schools in Trincomalee was low, with most teachers striking and students joining them in protest.

Tamil students in Batticaloa also protested in solidarity.