Tamil and Muslim groups in the North-East have staged a hartal, with the majority of businesses in towns of the region closed in protest at continuing grievances.
Towns such as Batticaloa, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi and Trincomalee saw businesses and some public services cease operations for the day in support of ongoing protests in the North-East on land issues, the disappeared and graduate unemployment.
Families of the disappeared staged a sit-in, blocking the A9 road in Kilinochchi on the 67th day of their protest.
The hartal is backed by all major Tamil and Muslim parties and civil society organisations from across the majority Tamil-speaking region, including the Tamil National Alliance, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress and the Tamil National People's Front.
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