West Bengal

9 months ago

Kolkata Protests Against Manipur Violence

Kolkata Protest Manipur Violence (symbolic picture)
Kolkata Protest Manipur Violence (symbolic picture)

 

West Bengal (July 26,2023) : Hundreds of people took to the streets of Kolkata on Wednesday to protest against the recent violence in Manipur. The protesters, who were mostly students and civil society activists, gathered at the Gandhi statue in the city center and marched to the Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the governor of West Bengal. The protesters demanded an immediate withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Manipur and an independent inquiry into the recent violence. They also called for the release of all political prisoners in the state.

The protest was organized by a coalition of student and civil society groups, including the All India Students Association (AISA), the Students Federation of India (SFI), and the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR). The protesters said that the AFSPA has given the army a free hand to commit atrocities against civilians in Manipur. They alleged that the army has been responsible for the killing of hundreds of innocent civilians in the state in recent years.

The protesters also said that the recent violence in Manipur is a direct result of the AFSPA. They alleged that the army had opened fire on unarmed civilians, killing several people. The protesters demanded that the central government immediately withdraw the AFSPA from Manipur and order an independent inquiry into the recent violence. They also called for the release of all political prisoners in the state. The protest was peaceful and no untoward incidents were reported.

Here are some additional details about the protest:

The protest was organized by a coalition of student and civil society groups.

The protest was held at the Gandhi statue in the city center.

The protesters demanded the withdrawal of the AFSPA from Manipur and an independent inquiry into the recent violence.

The protest was peaceful and no untoward incidents were reported.

The protest in Kolkata is a sign of the growing anger against the AFSPA in Manipur. The people of Manipur are demanding an end to the violence and impunity enjoyed by the army.


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