The Joint Action Committee Against Anti Tribal Bills (JAC-AATB) is all set to observe the 600th day of ‘tribal movement’ in Manipur on April 22.
“Our struggle for tribal self-determination that was triggered by the passing of the three anti-tribal bills by the previous Congress Government in Manipur will cross its 600th day on April 22, 2017,” said the JAC-AATB in a press statement. With the mortal remains of eight of our ‘tribal martyrs’ still awaiting an ‘honourable’ burial and an amicable solution, “our struggle is far from over”, said the JAC-AATB statement.
The JAC ‘earnestly’ appealed the general public to refrain from creating ‘unnecessary commotions’ that could lead to undesirable unrest and public nuisance on the occasion of the 600th day of the movement.
“To mark the 600th day of our unflinching protest, the Joint Action Committee Against Anti-Tribal Bills (JAC) shall organize a Mass Mourning and Fasting Prayer starting from 11 am this Saturday at Salpha Pumbuk in the heart of Lamka town, the epicentre of the ongoing Movement,” stated the press note.
“The JAC humbly requests the general public to come forward and join hands in offering our thanks to the Almighty for leading us thus far and for His continued guidance, companionship and pray for an early solution to the prolonged impasse while we reaffirm our commitment towards our struggle for tribal self-determination,” it appealed.
As a mark of respect to the “supreme sacrifices made by our Tribal Martyrs”, all shops, business establishments and institutions are humbly requested by the JAC-AATB to down their shutters on this day from daybreak till sundown, and no vehicles ply on the roads in and around the town.
However, media, electricity, medical (including medical emergencies), airport pick up and drop, pre-planned programs and exams will be exempted “with the sincere hope of cooperation and support from the general public”.
-Newmai News Network