Solidarity Actions are planned All Over the Country on November 2nd in Solidarity to Irom Sharmila Channu's HungerStrike to repeal AFSPA with the slogan "Support Sharmila, Repeal AFSPA, Restore Right to Life in Manipur" . November 2nd 2006 marks as the 6th Anniversary Of Sharmila's fast-unto-death for the repeal repressive Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. For six years, she has been imprisoned and force-fed by the State for her 'crime'.
Solidarity Actions are Happening in Thiruvanathapuram , Thrissur, bangalore, Mumbai , Patna, Delhi & culcutta & Manipur.
The Act, AFSPA 1958, gives draconian powers to the security forces and has repeatedly been used with brazen brutality in the Northeast states in India. The implementation of this law has led to brutal rape, arbitrary detentions, “disappearances”, killings, and loot. This law is being actively used by security forces to terrorize and subordinate local communities in the name of counter-insurgency.
The campaign call for Letter Issued by 32 Organisations all Over India Says "AFSPA has challenged not only the democratic norms of Manipur, but also of the entire freedom loving people in India for allowing such blatant repression to take place."
In Thiruvanathapuram the Protest is Initiated By Theeradesa mahilavedi (Women wing of Kerala independent Fishworkers Union). A march & sathyagraha (Sit-in) of 50 fisherwomen is planned in Trivandrum. " We are looking at the struggle of Manipuri people as an issue of Women all over the World. We understand sharmils's struggle as the struggle for Manipury Women's right to live with Dignity, for with we too stand for" Said Magline Peter of Theeradesa Mahila Vedi
In bangalore a Solidarity Protest At Gandhi Staue is Planned by a Group of Organisations and ndividuals in The name of Forum for Protection of Humanrights in Manipur. In Thrissur a Dharna & Cultural event is planned in front of Corporation Office Thrissur. In Thrissur a Manipur solidarity Forum is formed by The Cultural & Human rights Groups in Thrissur. Similar kind of events are Happening all Over The Country.
The Groups called For The Action on Nov 2nd Demands Immediate Repeal Of the Draconian Act AFSPA & Restore of Right to Life in manipur
Reports & analysis & Critiques on AFSPA is available at http://manipurfreedom.org/background
Poster Set For Campaign is available at http://manipurfreedom.org/pictures.zip
K.P Sasi +91 9945282056
Magline Peter +91 9447154491
Anivar Aravind +91 9846885539
Nobo +91 9862032625