The predominantly Tamil north and east of the island of Sri Lanka were brought to a “complete standstill” on April 27, Tamilnet reported, as a result of a strike called by unions, civil groups and Tamil political parties.
It was supported by the Northern Provincial Council, which suspended its sitting. In some towns Muslims joined Tamils in the strike.
The strike was called in response to a call by the families of people who had disappeared after being taken away by the Sri Lankan army or police. The families are demanding to know what has happened to their relatives.
On May 1, May Day rallies raised the same demand.