Sri Lankan YouTuber and anti-government protestor Ratta arrested

ECONOMYNEXT – Popular Sri Lankan YouTuber Rathindu Suramya Senarathna, also known as Ratta, was arrested Monday (30) for allegedly obstructing the duties of police officers during a protest in front of the Fort Magistrate Court on Thursday (25), police said.

The protest had taken place demanding the arrest of suspects allegedly connected to the Black Monday violence by government supporters on peaceful protestors on May 09.

Ratta, who has 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube, was a prominent figure in Sri Lanka’s anti-government protests demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government over the country’s worsening economic crisis. While his usual content focused on comedy and satire, he has been using his platforms to share information regarding the protests since they began.

According to fellow protestor and civil activist Shehan Malaka, Ratta was summoned to courts a few days ago. “He went to give his statement today, and after he did, the police arrested him.”

Malaka added that protestors were already gathered in front of the Slave Island police, demanding Ratta’s release. (Colombo/May30/2022)

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