Several hartals were staged in Trincomalee and its suburbs today demanding the removal of Eastern Province Governor M. L. A. M. Hizbullah.
The people who staged the hartals accused Governor Hizbullah of spreading terrorism and racism in the country.
Traders closed shops in Trincomalee, Serunuwara, Kantale and Thambalagamuwa in support of the hartal while vehicular transport in the area also came to a standstill.
Meanwhile, it was reported that a Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) bus plying from Trincomalee to Colombo had been attacked at the fifth milepost on the Trincomalee-Kandy Main Road by the protesters and one of its windscreens damaged.
Protesters burnt tyres near the China Harbour Junction and Sangamam Junction this morning. (Amadoru Amarajeewa)