IMPHAL: Demanding withdrawal of various black laws from Manipur, the Responsible Indigenous Youths (RIY) on Sunday took out a mass rally wearing different indigenous traditional attires. The protestors were gathered first at Laikhulembi Community Hall, Khurai Sajor Leikai.
Hundreds of protestor took out the cultural protest procession to demand the revocation of all black laws which were implemented in the land of Manipur, including Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and Arm Force Special Power Act, 1958 etc. The march was escorted by two torch, two Langdel also known as traditional drum, two Pena (Ritual Instrument) and Selbung (Alarm Bell).
The entire protestors had aimed to march till Kangla Fort to offer their obeisance in order to save the indigenous people in the state and regions at large from those laws. However, a team of Imphal east police and commandos stopped the peaceful religious march at the Lamlong traffic point. Later, the numbers of protestor were pushed back the rally. It is said that after a long heated argument between the police and protestors, the protestors took the Pangei road and went back to the starting point.
During the demonstration rally a participant, Phajaton said that the state government must not act against the indigenous peoples with the passage of various black laws in the state. The black laws which are being imposed and implemented in the state could not be accepted.
We cannot compromise our culture, tradition and motherland. The various slogans used during the rally were “Houro Houro Yahouro, Yelhoumee Kallase, Amuba Wayel Pathaptagi Cheksin Phirep Lourase”. Such kind of rally will continue in the coming days if the voice raised by the indigenous people is not heard by the state government, they cried.