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Organisers of the ‘March against AFSPA’ from Dimapur to Kohima scheduled for January 10 have requested the participants to listen and obey the authorities and not to indulge in any form of violence or destroy public property during the two-day march.

They also urged the participants not to show their emotions, heckle or harass military personnel on duty or disturb any military convoy.

“This is a purely non-violent and peaceful march. We shall silently march till the end,” coordinators of the march said in a release on Saturday.

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The release said the peaceful and non-violent march will commence from Supermarket in Dimapur at 6 am on January 10 and hold at Piphema for the night. On January 11, the march will continue to Kohima at 6 am and will be received by the public and members of various organisations.

It said all logistics have been arranged for the march, adding that anyone can retire at any point or join from any point.

The release said ambulances will accompany the walkers but reminded that if anyone has prior medical conditions or is not in good health to not participate in the arduous walk.

The organisers said when the clarion call was given for the peaceful and non-violent march against AFSPA, the response was overwhelming.

“The Naga public which has for long silently bore the brunt of army atrocities under the draconian Act has decided to come together to oppose such denigration and to assert our rights and dignity as human beings,” they added.

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The walkers were requested to carry their sleeping bags, toiletries, torches, necessary gadgets and accessories.
Pickup trucks to carry personal belongings and buses for transportation back to Dimapur have been arranged.

The walkers have been asked to wear walking shoes, follow Covid SOPs, maintain a single file of walking and not obstruct traffic and not litter any place.

The march was triggered by the December 4 Oting killings of 13 civilians by the security forces and subsequent extension of the AFSPA in Nagaland on December 30 last year by another six months.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com