In a resolute display of unity and determination, the Khurai Pana Nahasing (youths) community took out a silent rally, wearing black shirts and masks on Tuesday and drawing attention to the challenges faced by indigenous people in Manipur.
Despite the imposition of a curfew in specific Khurai areas, determined individuals led the rally from Khabeisoi YOCS Ground, taking alternative routes due to police intervention, and culminated at Khurai Somendro Lampak.
The rally was initially scheduled to cross Lamlong Bazar, Porompat Crossing and Nongmeibung.
The protest, spearheaded by the youth group, Khurai Pana Nahasing, aimed to shed light on the dire situation prevailing in Manipur.
Sana Mangang, a member of Khurai Pana Nahasing, spoke on behalf of the organisers, emphasising the urgency of their cause.
“The situation has been dire. The denial of access to fundamental rights, which began on May 3, have now continued for five months and has left us feeling unheard and frustrated. As young people, we are deeply concerned about our future. Despite our appeals to both the Central and state governments over the past five months, our voices have gone unanswered,” Mangang stated.
The demonstrators carried placards bearing their demands, ‘To restore peace from the bloodshed caused by non-indigenous communities against the indigenous population’ ‘Implementation of NRC in Manipur to safeguard indigenous rights and identity’, ‘Resettlement of inmates in their hometowns, ensuring their right to live with dignity and security’,
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‘Opposition to the establishment of separate administrations, advocating for unity and inclusivity’, abolition of narco-terrorism in Manipur, promoting a safer environment for all residents’, ‘Immediate action against crimes targeting women and innocent children, ensuring their safety and well-being’.
Despite the obstacles faced, the protesters remained committed to their cause, utilising their silent yet powerful rally as a medium to amplify their demands for indigenous rights in Manipur.
The event served as a poignant call for action, urging both the Central and state governments to address the pressing concerns of the indigenous population in the region amidst the ongoing crisis.