A hartal was staged in Ampara today in support of former Colombo Deputy Mayor Azath Salley.
The ‘Navamani’ newspaper website reported that the hartal is expected to continue tomorrow as well.
Shops in Ampara were shut while transport was also at a standstill during the protest.
Salley was arrested recently over allegations he had made statements which could create communal disharmony.
State media later reported that there were reports he had links with terrorist groups.
Human rights groups have called on the government to either charge Salley or release him.
Salley has been detained for at least 90 days pending investigations into the allegations against him. (Colombo Gazette)
(Ampara picture courtesy Navamani)