Mizoram’s apex students’ body, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) on Wednesday staged a sit-in-demonstration in protest against the military coup in Myanmar and human rights violation by the Myanmar army in the neighbouring country.

The Mizo Zirlai Pawl expressed their solidarity with the Mizo communities in Myanmar, who have faced the brunt of military coup in the neighbouring country.

Hundreds of students and leaders of other NGOs also participated in the demonstration held in front of Vanapa Hall in Aizawl.

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Speaking on the occasion, MZP vice president Peter Chhangte said the purpose of the demonstration was to extend solidarity to the Mizo communities, who have become the victims of the military coup in Myanmar.

“We share the sufferings and joy of our Mizo brothers and sisters in Myanmar. We will always stand for them,” he said.

He urged the Mizoram government to take measure to ensure that the Mizo communities in Myanmar do not face problems in the current political situation in Myanmar.

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Chhangte also blamed the Myanmar military for staging a military coup, which resulted in gross human rights violation and termed the move “undemocratic”.

He said 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.

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Meanwhile, ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) adviser and rural development minister Lalruatkima said 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 staged a coup and detained state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, president Win Myint and other top leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD).

The Myanmar military declared a state of emergency for a year and took control of the power.

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