united liberation front of asom: United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) calls for boycott of I-Day celebrations

Ater a gap of a year, proscribed militant outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) have called for a total boycott of Independence Day celebration and observance of general strike on August 15.

ULFA (I) which is also known as the anti-talk faction of ULFA is joined by the Yung Aug led faction of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (Khaplang) in calling for the strike.

In a joint statement, the militant outfits opposing the celebrations of Independence Day in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, and Meghalaya, the outlawed groups told people “at all levels” not to participate in all forms of ‘fake’ Independence Day activities.

“Our protest calling for a boycott of the fake Independence Day of colonial India will be a total shutdown from 00.00 hrs to 18:00 hrs on August 15,” the statement said.

It said that the Covid-19 pandemic has crippled the socio-economic development of the entire world as well as the West-Southeast Asian (WeSEA) region and thousands of indigenous farming families have lost their homes due to floods and landslides.

After 75 years of so-called Independence, the Indigenous are suffering from debt, GST, soaring prices of essential commodities, and hundreds of other problems. It is unfair, historically irrelevant, and worthless for a state, which is unable to stand by the suffering people in such a time of declining living standards, to celebrate its 76th pretentious Independence Day on August 15, the statement said.

ULFA-I had refrained from calling for a boycott during the Independence Day celebration last and Republic day this year. ULFA-I has extended the unilateral ceasefire twice in the past one year.

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