FUTA slams Stalin’s arrest

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The General Secretary of the Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) Rohan Laksiri yesterday (4) vehemently condemned the arbitrary arrest of Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) General Secretary Joseph Stalin.

He alleged that this was a continuation of silent attack unleashed by President Ranil Wickremesinghe-led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) regime after pre-dawn attack on Gota Go Gama protestors on the Galle Face Green on 21 July, just after Wickremesinghe was sworn in as President.

Laksiri claimed that this is part of an insidious effort to create a sense of fear among activists as well as the society and is a violation of freedom of expression that is protected by the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

“Despite President Wickremesinghe clearly stating that he is committed to respecting the right to peaceful opposition in his Policy Statement in Parliament on 3 August, 25 police officers were sent to the CTU office to arrest Stalin; an internationally recognised trade unionist in the education sector,” Laksiri said.

By Naalir Jamaldeen