Public life came to a standstill in the north and the east yesterday (20) as the result of a hartal called by seven Tamil parties.
Shops, factories and other workplaces remained closed in a show of protest against state repression against Tamils and to demand justice for the former Mullaitivu magistrate.
Government offices were open, but remained devoid of the public, while only CTB buses provided transport, as schools continued with their term tests.
Lawyers in Mullaitivu and Mannar too, struck work in a show of support.
A key demand by the protestors is to enforce the law against those who threatened ex-magistrate T. Saravanaraja, who feared for his life and fled the country.