A march by plantation Tamils to mainly demand citizenship rights has reached Madhu on the fourth day as it makes it way from Thalaimannar to Matale.
The agitation that started on 28 July when a set of 11 demands were made to the government, ends on 12 August.
Malaiyaha Tamils are taking the same route their ancestors took 200 years ago to reach the hill-country, where they have since been working mainly as tea estate labourers.
They are seeking the support of other communities to win their demands.
Among these demands are the recognition of their history, struggle and economic contributions, a separate identity but with equal rights and access to education, health and social security.
A reasonable payment for their work, workplace dignity, protection and equal salaries for men and women, land, livelihood and housing rights and the protection and promotion of their culture are also included.