Sri Lanka union leader Joseph Stalin released on bail


ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka trade union leader Joseph Stalin who was arrested on August 03 has been released on bail.

Upon his release on Monday August 08, Stalin told reporters that Sri Lanka’s youth-led Aragalaya (Struggle) protests will continue against what he called the suppressive actions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government.

“Many protestors and unionists have been arrested using their own selfies taken at the president’s house and prime minister’s office as evidence,” he said.

Stalin, who is general secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union, was arrested on Wednesday August 03 by a police team that arrived in several jeeps, reportedly for holding a protest on May 28 in violation of a court order.

Stalin’s arrest was condemned by representatives of the protest movement and organisations such as the Free Media Movement.


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