Sri Lanka`s deaf march for equal rights, jobs

Sri Lanka`s deaf are marching through the streets of Colombo to demand social recognition.

Colombo: Sri Lanka`s deaf are marching through the streets of capital Colombo to demand equal rights and social recognition.

About 1,000 protesters from the Sri Lanka Central Federation of the Deaf have joined a Friday march opposite Colombo`s main railroad station.

They urged authorities to provide them with equal access to education and jobs, health care and other facilities.

The marchers displayed a huge banner reading "Ensure rights of deaf community" and placards with words "Deaf won`t take no" and "No more negative attitude”.

One placard asked drivers to honk their horns in support of the deaf.

The federation`s vice president Anil Jayawardena said the community is facing hardships in daily life because sign language is not properly recognised.

Bureau Report

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