MACR appeals to call off blockades
Source: Hueiyen News Service
Imphal, September 23 2011:
While considering the ever grievous impact to the general public, with special reference to the sufferings of the innocent children of all communities, the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) appealed to the SHDDC and UNC to end their economic blockades at the earliest.
A press release of MACR also appealed to the state government to resolve the issue before it takes and ugly turn which might flare up ethnic clashes.
The release further stated that many hunger stricken students have already left classrooms and took out protest and drives against the state's failure to control the unreasonably high prices.
The ongoing blockades have violated the Right to Education, Right to Food and Right to Life.
Many poor parents could hardly feed their children and many patients, especially the pregnant women, who are facing untold sufferings due to want of oxygen and life saving drugs.
The fate of children living with HIV/AIDS and other PLHAs who are on ART are uncertain as the ART drugs are on the brink of drying up as even the trucks transporting medicines are not spared by the agitators, it stated.
"It is high time for self retrospection, to understand that the ever prolonged economic blockades called by SHDDC from July 31 and subsequent counter blockade called by UNC from August 21 have failed to bring any honorable solution, but has literally held the people of Manipur to ransom, which would not be the real target of either SHDDC or UNC" it stressed.