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Maoist fully prepared to start agitations on Nov 18

17 November 2017

IMPHAL | Nov 16

Maoist Communist Party said the people of Manipur are fully determined to start the agitations to save the indigenous people from November 18 onwards and continue till it becomes fruitful. 

On the other hand, the president of India will be attending the Sangai Festival on November 21 while the agitations are on its full swing; the people ought to clearly express the magnitude of the agitations on the said date and show that the State is made up by full of brave and courageous people, said a release signed by Coordinator, Standing Committee, Kyonghan Mangang.    

The people of Manipur will begin the agitations from 5 am in the morning of November 18 by ceasing all forms of work and official duties to undergo the agitations, it said. Ceasing all forms of personal work, mainly driving vehicles, going to work places, opening of markets and vendors, offices, schools, colleges, and all other market places are requested to shut down, it continued. Only the hospitals and media related works, emergency services and matters related to faith will be relaxed, it added. 

For how many days or weeks the movement will continue shall depend on the agitations of the people, it further said. It will not stop as long as people cease their work and move forward with the agitations or until a solution is worked out for the people, it continued. 

The main purpose of the agitations that will begin on November 18 is to save the indigenous people of Manipur who are on the verge of becoming a minority group in their own land, becoming less in numbers as compared to the massive influx of non locals that are coming in like a flood, it said. To fight for the rights of the people is also the purpose of the agitation, it added.

The party also appeal the people of Manipur to stand together as one, it said. The movement is not for Maoist but for the people, it said adding the people must raise their voice for whatever they think is worthy. For example, those who consider the demand of ST is worthy can join in the agitations by holding up banners or the residents of Thoubal who considers number of MPs for Thoubal should be increased, can also take part by holding their own banners, it continued. However, the agitations should be in harmony with the goal of saving the indigenous people and their land, and for the rights of the people, it added.  

The movement will be personally led by president, MAFYF Sapamcha Kangliepal and after his self immolation on November 25, the agitations will be handed over to the public, it continued.    

The party welcomes the requests and advices given to change Sapamcha’s decision for self immolation, it said. However, the decisions will be taken as per the strength of the agitations, it added.  Sapamcha may change his decision if the agitations reach a stage where the people of the world start appreciating the strength of the people’s movement, it continued. Otherwise, there will be no change in his resolution to fire up the agitations if it shows signs being defeated from reaching its goals, the release further continued.  

The success or the failure of the movement now depends on the hands of the people, it said. Maoists are ready to sacrifice everything to the public, and request the people to join in without hesitating to sacrifice all and struggle together, it added.

        

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