United National Liberation Front of WESEA (UNLFW) Co-ordination Committee (CorCom)- Manipur, Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) released a joint statement against the celebration of India’s Republic Day in WESEA Region. The release alleged that the Government of India is pursuing a hegemonic colonial policy in the region to assimilate the distinct cultures, people and territories to India forever, adding that the land and territories are constantly ravaged and the indigenous people’s very existence is being threatened with the ever increasing influx of Indian immigrants. Thus, to survive and enable to live with dignity the people of the region are compelled to take up arms to liberate themselves from Indian occupation. On the other hand, Indian establishment is using all its military might, both hardware and software in suppressing the struggle for the right to self determination of the indigenous people. The joint release called for a total shutdown of the region from 00:01 hrs to 18:00 hrs of 26 January 2016. The emergency services, media and religious activities may continue unhindered during this period, the release added.
Joint statement including CorCom calls for total shutdown on Jan 26