Ruling party-affiliated workers staged the protest at Colombo harbour, demanding that the government retaliate against politicians in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu who have called for trade sanctions against Sri Lanka.
“There is an anti-Sri Lanka campaign in Tamil Nadu,” a union spokesman told reporters at the demonstration. “We want the port to stop handling cargo from south Indian ports.”
However, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority said there were no plans for any boycott.
“The workers have expressed their anger but so far they have not resorted to an actual boycott,” spokesman Nalin Aponso told AFP. “We’re keeping a close watch.”