Mizoram’s apex student body the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) on Wednesday staged a sit-in-demonstration in protest against human right violation by Myanmar army and to extend solidarity to the Mizo communities in Myanmar, who faced the brunt of the military coup in that neighbouring country.
Hundreds of students and NGO leaders took part in the demonstration held in front of Vanapa Hall in Aizawl.
MZP vice president Peter Chhangte said the purpose of the demonstration was to extend solidarity to the Mizo communities, who are victims of a military coup in Myanmar. “We share the sufferings and joy of our Mizo brothers in Myanmar. We will always stand for them” he said.
He urged the Mizoram government to ensure that Mizo communities in Myanmar do not face problems in the current political scenario in Myanmar.
Chhangte also blamed the Myanmar military for staging a military coup, which resulted in gross human right violation and termed the move “undemocratic.”
He said that several Mizos were among leaders of National League for Democracy (NLD) who have been detained. The MZP leader also asked the military junta to reinstate democracy in Myanmar.
Meanwhile, ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) adviser and rural development minister Lalruatkima said that the MNF government would not betray the Mizo communities in Myanmar in time of distress.
“We are hurt by the pains and hardships suffered by our Mizo brethren in Myanmar. The MNF government is willing to extend all possible help to them,” he said.
Mizoram shares a 404-km international border with Myanmar. Many Mizo descendants live in that country, who share the same culture with the Mizo communities in Mizoram.
On Monday, the Myanmar military stage a coup and detained state counsellor Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other top leaders of the NLD. They declared a state of emergency for a year and took power in their hands.