Tribals in Meghalaya condemns Burmese crackdown

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Mawphlang (Meghalaya) Oct 6 (UNI) Thousands of tribals from Khasi, Jaintia and Garo districts in Meghalaya today observed a two-minute silence at a Dorbar Ri(People's Parliament), as a mark of respect to Buddhist monks killed by the Burmese junta.

The People's Parliament held outside the ancient scared groves, convened here, 25 kms from Shillong, by the Khasi Syiems(Chief), Jaintia Dolois(Chieftains) and Nokmas(Clan Chieftains) also urged the India and China to influence the Burmese junta to immediately restore democracy in Burma.

''We are seriously concerned over the military crackdown on innocent people and Buddhist monks in our neighbouring country.

Therefore, we have urged the Indian and Chinese governments to influence the dictatorial Burmese government to immediately restore democracy in Burma,'' NCP Rajya Sabha member and Chairman of Rajya Sabha Grassroots Democracy Advisory Council Robert Kharshiing said.

Condemning the military crackdown on Buddhist monks, Mr Kharshiing urged the Burmese General Than Shwe immediate release of Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

India's North Eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram share about 1,643 kms of its border with Burma.

The people's parliament also condemned the crackdown on protesters in Burma and called on the Burmese authorities to release those detained. They also urged the world community to prevent any violent reaction from the military dictatorship.

Burmese pro-democracy activists, who were attending the people's parliament to drum support for restoration of democracy in the neighbouring nation, have also appealed the tribals of Meghalaya for their cause.

''We are neighbours, we need the support of the people of democratic India to influence junta to immediately restore democracy in our homeland,'' appealed Neng Boi, a member of the Women's League of Burma.

The People's Parliament is considered sacred and divine by the tribals here. It is strictly non-political and the proceedings are conducted with great decorum and dignity.

UNI

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