Protests against AFSPA intensify among Konyaks of Nagaland’s Mon district
People from all walks of life and members of various civil society groups in Nagaland’s Mon district took to the streets on December 11 to protest against the killing of the 14 civilians of the Konyak Tribe in an ambush by the security forces, on December 4.
Leading the protest was the local Konyak tribe, led by their apex body, the Konyak Union. During their demonstration, the protestors burnt effigies of Home Minister Amit Shah and army personnel demanding the repealing of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) 1958. The protestors also raised slogans such as “We want justice” and “Repeal AFSPA”, among others.
They also criticised the Union Home Minister's statement in the Lok Sabha when he termed the unfortunate incident “a case of mistaken identity" by calling it “fabricated” and “false information”. They also demanded his immediate apology followed by the withdrawal of his statement in the parliament.
Notably, Saturday also marks the completion of one week since the incident triggered massive protests across the Northeastern states.
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