MANPAC announces indefinite ‘street protest’ against CAB

IMPHAL, 5th Feb: The Manipur People against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 (MANPAC) has announced that it will begin indefinite mass protest in the form of sit-in protest on roads all over the state starting from February 6.
Addressing a press conference in this regard at JCILPS office here on Tuesday, MANPAC co-convener Amu Kamei said that the decision to sustain the agitation was taken considering the conduct of the Centre, which is adamant on passing the contentious Bill despite widespread protests all over northeast states.
Urging all the people of the state to organise protest in their respective areas until the Bill is withdrawn, he said that MANPAC will continue different forms of agitation if the Centre does not fulfil the demand.
The Citizenship Act 1955 does not have any impact on the indigenous communities of the northeast region. However, the new amendment is like a slow poisoning for the region and the state as well since it will encourage more influx of illegal immigrants and will gradually outnumber the indigenous population. In the event of Rajya Sabha passing the Bill, the present generation will fight with their blood for the fate of future generation, Amu Kamei remarked.
Stating that the demand of the state government to insert a clause to safeguard the state is not acceptable to the people, he said that the people want total withdrawal of the Bill as assurance to protect the northeast region is nothing but a habitual lie to control public uprising.
Terming the Bill as a policy to wipe out the indigenous population of the northeast, he demanded the government to take a firm stand against the Bill. He also urged the chief minister, ministers, MLAs and political party members to let go their political ideologies and affiliation to fight against the unconstitutional Bill.
MANPAC co-convener Phundreimayum Abdul Pathan exhorted to all to leave aside their busy schedules to participate in the indefinite protest considering the future of the state and its people. It is time to stand united against the ‘biological warfare’ waged by Centre towards the northeast states including Manipur.
Maintaining that the present situation is a question of life and death, he said that staying away from the movement will not bring any good to the existence of the indigenous people of the state. People from all walks of life including students and government employees should participate in the protest in their respective localities as well as office areas, he appealed.
He also urged intellectuals and political parties to participate in the protest while adding that political party members should participate as an indigenous people and not as representative of their respective parties.
MANPAC co-convener Chandra Haomei and core committee member Khuraijam Athouba also attended the press conference and appealed to people of all indigenous communities to be part of the indefinite protest.
Zeliangrong Union (AMN) has extended full co-operation and all possible help to MANPAC, a conglomeration of 72 CSOs from hills and valleys of the state.
MANPAC should remain firm and united to fight against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 until the rights and existence of the indigenous people of North East in general and Manipur in particular is safe and sound. Since the Bill has the potential to wipe out the entire existence of the indigenous people of the North East region within a few years, ZU (AMN) strongly condemn and denounces the passing of CAB, 2016 in the Lok Sabha, conveyed ZU (AMN) secretary Azang Rongmei in a statement.
The union will extend full co-operation and all possible help to MANPAC, added the statement.

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