Aizawl: Tens of thousands of people participated in the ‘Solidarity March’ in Mizoram today to show solidarity with their ethnic kindred brothers in Manipur hill areas and to mourn the deaths, pray for the injured people and sufferings of the displaced tribal community.
People from all walks of life, including elders, joined what has been described as the largest procession in Mizoram’s history. With placards in hand and fervent slogans on their lips, they vehemently denounced the alleged ethnic cleansing against the Kuki-Zomi tribes by the Meitei community in the neighboring state.
The ‘Solidarity March’ resonated across Aizawl, district headquarters, towns, and villages throughout the state.
At the Aizawl’s procession, R Lalngheta, chairman of the NGO Coordination Committee (NGOCC), an umbrella organization comprising major civil societies and student bodies, urged the central government to extend financial assistance to the 12,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from Manipur seeking refuge in Mizoram.
Commending the people of Mizoram for maintaining peace and refraining from violence against the Meitei community residing in the state, Lalngheta expressed profound anger over the violence inflicted upon their kindred brothers in Manipur.
The ‘Solidarity March’ garnered substantial support, with participants in the Aizawl rally collecting over Rs 10 lakh. This generous contribution will be utilized for humanitarian aid to the displaced people in Manipur and as ex-gratia for the families of the tribal victims of the violence.
Following the march, leaders from the NGOCC submitted a memorandum to the President of India, Prime Minister, and Union Home Minister, which was subsequently handed over to the state governor, Hari Babu Kambhampati, at the Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.
The memorandum highlighted the grim reality faced by the tribal communities, citing over 100 casualties, 359 religious places of worship and assets destroyed, 197 villages burned to desolation, and 7,247 rendered uninhabitable. It underscored the urgent need to restore governance and reestablish democracy in Manipur.
The NGOCC condemned the atrocities and violent acts perpetrated on vulnerable groups such as children, the sick, the elderly, and women, stating that they are clear violations of human rights and unequivocally unlawful actions that disregard human life.
Expressing concern about the negative portrayal of India’s democracy before the world, the NGOCC emphasized that the ongoing strife in Manipur contradicts the principles enshrined in the Constitution.
In Aizawl, Rs 10.18 lakh was raised through public donations to aid the IDPs from Manipur.
Politicians across party lines take part in the Solidarity March. Seen in the picture is chief minister Zoramthanga and his deputy Tawnluia