Police have filed court action against 40 people, including a Buddhist monk and several politicians for having protested against president Ranil Wickremesinghe when he visited Batticaloa early this month.
Most of the respondents are Tamils, including two journalists.
They are accused of ignoring a court order and protesting when the president attended anniversary celebrations of St. Michael College and Chenkalady Central College.
The magistrate’s court in Batticaloa banned blockading roads and protesting in breach of public law and order.
Separate protests took place by opposing parties to an alleged grabbing of pastures of Tamil dairy farmers at Mailaththamadu.
Cases against them will be heard on 27 November at the Batticaloa magistrate’s court and on 17 November at Eravur courts.