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Date: 05-Nov-2011

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On this occasion a demonstration meeting was organized and Mr. Sesadev Nanda Revolutionary organization Navnirman Samiti, YUVA BHARAT extended his support to Irom Sharmila’s fast, non-violence struggle and performed demonstration and fasting at Gandhi Marg, PMG square Bhubaneswar on the issue of “Repeal AFSPA-Save democracy”. On 5th November 2011, on the occasion of 11 year completion of iron lady Irom Sharmila Chanu’s fasting against anti-human, anti-democracy, draconian act AFSPA, more than 100 people under the banner of NAVNIRMAN SAMITI/ YUVA BHARAT marched from master canteen square to PMG square with placards and slogans like “Long live Irom Sharmila, Repeal AFSPA-Save Democracy etc. Bichitra Biswal, Ananta Samant, Balaram Sethy, Sesadev Nanda, Dipak Ranjan Swain and Arup Parida kept fasting.

As everybody know that Irom Sharmila Chanu (born March 14, 1972), also known as the “Iron Lady of Manipur” or “Menghoubi” (“the fair one”) is a civil rights activist, social activist, and poet from the Indian state of Manipur. Since 5 November 2000, she has been on hunger strike to demand that the Indian government repeal the Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958 (AFSPA), which she blames for violence in Manipur and other parts of India’s northeast. Having refused food and water for more than 500 weeks, she has been called “the world’s longest hunger striker”. Now in the era of violence, Sharmila has become a lamp house of peaceful protest. She has taken Gandhi’s nonviolence to a distinctive height.

facilitated the meeting. Mr. Bichitra Biswal and Balaram Sethy shared their views and slammed central government on the issue of AFSPA and democracy. A pseudo democracy is going on at the name of democracy. The situation is so harsh in Manipur that women demonstrated nakedly in front of Army office. Youths are demolishing themselves with fire. This draconian act is creating more insurgencies in Manipur. So it should be repealed and democracy should be saved in real sense. Mr. Sudipto from institute of physics said that this act is black act and it blames the whole nation. This act should be repealed for betterment of the country. Mr. Manoj Jena of “Human rights front” participated in the demonstration and said, the human rights violation in Manipur has crossed all the limits. Most severe incidents are happening against human rights in Manipur. So civil society could not be a silent observer any more. All the participants and other persons walking by gave their coloured palm mark on a banner, written as Repeal AFSPA-Save democracy.

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