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Batticaloa shuts down in protest of Eastern Province governor appointment

Tamils in Batticaloa observed a hartal, a business-strike, in protest of the appointment of former UPFA MP M. L. A. M. Hizbullah as governor of the Eastern Province.

 

Organisers of the protest said that Hizbullah, a pro-Rajapaksa politician who is being investigated for corruption, was unfit to to represent the Eastern Province.

Locals have also accused Hizbullah of exacerbating inter-community tensions in the East during his time in the Eastern Provincial Council.

The hartal saw Batticaloa town and other Tamil-majority towns in the district shut down on Friday with local and national businesses such as banks closed.

There were also reports of tyre burnings in some areas.