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Sri Lankan protest demands information on civil war missing

Shops, offices and schools were closed and public transport was halted in Sri Lanka's former civil war region in support of families who are demanding information from the government about loved ones listed as having disappeared during the conflict.

The protest Thursday came after weeks of sit-ins by families of missing people across the ethnic Tamil-majority north and east brought no results.

Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran told the provincial chamber that the shutdown was a reflection of people's frustration over the government's inability to say what happened to thousands of people reported as missing in the conflict.

There is no clear record of the missing from the nearly 26-year conflict, but a missing person's commission has received 20,000 complaints.