Ukhrul: As the military coup in Myanmar curtails democracy, hundreds of residents of the Ukhrul district in Manipur showed their solidarity with Myanmar on Wednesday night.

Around 500 people were seen at a candlelight vigil under the theme ‘Be strong Myanmar’ organised by Tangkhul Music Forum (TMF) was held at Community Circle, earlier known as Gandhi Chowk, at the district headquarters.

Songs of hope were sung by various local artists and offered solemn solidarity with the people in Myanmar who are constantly facing terror and threats from the country’s security forces.

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A message to the people of Myanmar was read out by TMF president Aran Jelly, “Today, Myanmar is bleeding under the military junta. The blood and cries of the people of Myanmar have resonated in our hearts as well. This is our message to the people of Myanmar who are valiantly standing up against the war by the military power.”

It further added, “no matter how much the suffering may be; no matter how much the oppression may be, always remember that our prayer and slogan for ‘Free Myanmar’ is always with you. We will stand by you with our songs and we will raise our voice to unshattered the chain of a military empire. Our souls will sing about the courage you’ve shown and history shall witness the flag of freedom fluttering of high in the sky.”

“We salute the people of Myanmar for the strength you’ve shown and the pain you’ve endured. How long the darkness can be when the light of dawn has already set its foot on the eastern horizon. The people of Myanmar will surely overcome one day. Peace with you. Kuknalim,” said Jelly.

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