Manipur remembers Great June Uprising with unity and resolve

Today, Manipur solemnly observed the 23rd Great June Uprising Unity Day at Kekrupat in Imphal, honoring the memory of 18 martyrs who sacrificed their lives in 2001 while advocating for the protection of the state’s territorial integrity.

Despite ongoing conflicts, the commemorative ceremony proceeded with reverence, focusing on paying floral tributes to the departed souls. Families of the martyrs, alongside indigenous communities from across Manipur, gathered at Kekrupat, a site where the brave-hearts now rest.

Joychandra Konthoujam, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the 23rd Great Uprising Unity Day 2024, reiterated their unwavering commitment to defend Manipur’s territorial integrity against any external threats. He recalled the pivotal Bangkok declaration of 2001 that sparked massive protests in the state, eventually leading to its withdrawal.

Konthoujam strongly condemned any attempts to undermine Manipur’s unity, particularly referencing recent demands for separate administrations. He emphasized the Meitei people’s ongoing struggle against illegal immigration, stressing the need for measures like the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to protect indigenous communities.

Khuraijam Athouba, spokesperson for the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity, emphasized the significance of today’s ceremony, highlighting the sacrifices made by the 18 martyrs in defense of their state’s unity. He called upon the Government of India to stand firm against any efforts to destabilize Manipur.

The June 14, 2001 ceasefire agreement between NSCN-IM and the Indian government in Bangkok, which initially raised concerns about Manipur’s territorial boundaries, sparked widespread agitation. The withdrawal of contentious terms from the agreement followed intense protests, during which Manipur witnessed significant unrest, including attacks on government buildings.

Every year, the United Committee Manipur (UCM) and the All Manipur United Club Organisation (AMUCO) commemorate this historic incident at Kekrupat, Imphal, reaffirming their dedication to preserving Manipur’s unity and integrity.

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