Comrade Bala: Farewell to a legend (1922 - 2014)

Sri Lanka's firebrand trade unionist and renowned leftist Bala Tampoe, died on the 1st of September 2014 at the age of 92.

He provided consistent leadership to the labour movement for over six decades as the General Secretary of the Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General Workers Union (CMU). Hailing from Jaffna, 'Comrade Bala', as he was affectionately called, was known and widely respected for his unwavering commitment for social justice and principled opposition to the war and racism.

Kannan Arunasalam captures some moments of his eventful life.


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