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Indian Americans Across Several Cities Protest Horrific Manipur Violence

Indian Americans Across Several Cities Protest Horrific Manipur Violence

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) – Indian Americans and allies held protests in California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts throughout the weekend to condemn the ongoing ethnic violence in Manipur, which has left hundreds of people dead and thousands displaced.

The protests were in part a response to a horrific video last week, showing two young tribal women being paraded naked while being molested by a group of men in the violence-hit state.

In California, Indian Americans and allies gathered on the steps of Oakland City Hall for a protest organized by several advocacy groups, including the North American Manipur Tribal Association (NAMTA), Indian American Muslim Council, and Ambedkar King Study Circle.

“They chased us out of our homes. They burned our homes, our properties. They looted, they killed, they raped, they immolated, they beheaded, they’ve left us broken and everything we own reduced to ashes,” said Niang Hangzo, founding member of NAMTA. “This is the butchery being done to the Kuki-Zomi… How long will the world stay silent? We want the House to bring this issue and discuss it like the EU has done.”

The European Parliament adopted a resolution earlier this month, calling on Indian authorities to take “all necessary” measures to stop the violence in Manipur and protect religious minorities, especially Christians. India condemned the resolution, calling it an “interference” in its internal affairs.

In Iselin, New Jersey, IAMC organized a protest and candlelight vigil attended by people from diverse faith and ethnic backgrounds, including members of local churches, NAMTA, and the National Association of Asian Indian Christians.

“If those two women could be dragged and paraded, it could happen to any other woman, no matter what religion,” said Pastor Prem Kankanala, representing the United Telugu Christ Church. “Let us be united and raise our voices to protect women and to protect minorities,” he added.

In Boston, Massachusetts, several Indian Americans, and allies came together to express solidarity with the victims and urge President Joe Biden’s administration to intervene and call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to halt the escalating violence in Manipur.

Following the protests, a senior Biden administration official said on July 24 that the US is “shocked and horrified by the video of an extreme attack on two women in Manipur”.

“We convey our profound sympathies to the survivors of this act of gender-based violence and support the Indian Government’s efforts to seek justice for them,” Vedant Patel, Deputy Spokesperson of the State Department, said.

The violence erupted on May 3 after the Kuki-Zomi community protested the Meitei demand for Scheduled Tribe status. The majority Meiteis account for about 53 percent of Manipur’s population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley, while tribals, which include Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40 percent and reside mostly in the hill districts.

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  • The Indira Gandhi Gangster Government slaughtered and gang raped Sikhs in 1984 after Indira’s assassination.
    The ringleaders received total immunity and very often powerful government positions.
    Sad to see ongoing raped but the chickens are coming home to roost.

    July 26, 2023
    • Congress did what it suited them then.
      Read my post below. The problem is deep and complex. Congress only using it for politics and votes.

      July 26, 2023
    • My sympathy for the victims. Please print a list of those who were raped, slaughtered, and perpetrators. There is no harm and shame in printing the list. Rapes happens every day in every country, including USA. But gang rapes show how low the perpetrators are. What I find is the people with sane mind do nothing to stop such incidents and help the victims.

      July 26, 2023
  • This happens every month if not every day. Where are these people when it happens. This got advertised by politicians and everyone is dancing.

    Manipur is a complex problem that goes back before 1800. It got more complicated with England and Burma and then the Congress Govt. This is a society problem that locals must solve.

    Kuki’s are immigrants that should have welcomed the native, Meitei’s inclusion in the special ST class with privileges, instead they went into violence when a judge opined that the govt. should consider ST status for the native indigenous people.

    Lets get one thing clear. KUKI’s are immigrants from Burma that got special status to help them. It is not their right. Just a privilege that they must understand that it could disappear any time.

    July 26, 2023
  • The root cause of this and similar issues in India is over population. The ethnic groups must learn to live with each other peacefully, and control unchecked population growth. While you may protest peaceful, when violence gets involved, police must arrest the trouble makers. Indians need to learn how to demonstrate peaceful and follow the laws. They are master of their own laws.

    July 26, 2023

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