Port workers threaten boycott of Indian cargo

port      Workers at Sri Lanka’s Colombo port on Tuesday (2) called for a boycott of cargo from neighboring India amid worsening relations.

Government affiliated union workers staged a protest at the entrance to the Colombo port, 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. “We want the port to stop handling cargo from south Indian ports.”

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority said there were no plans for any boycott.

The Colombo port handled 4.1 million containers last year, of which 70 percent came from Indian ports.

Politicians in Tamil Nadu state, which has seen daily protests against Colombo, passed a resolution last week urging New Delhi to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly country until it probes the “genocide” of ethnic Tamils.

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