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.