In a strong message to the insurgents of Manipur, a pro-democracy organisation of coup-hit Myanmar said it would evict all the insurgents of Manipur, operating out of the country’s soil following the return of democracy.
In a “warning statement”, the People’s Defence Force, which is based in Myanmar’s Tamu and Sagaing region, asked the insurgents to immediately stop fighting against the Myanmar nationals in league with the military.
The insurgents of Manipur are fighting with the Myanmar nationals in support of the military. Most of the insurgents from the Northeast have taken refuge in Myanmar.
Many people from Myanmar have taken refuge in Mizoram. More than 11,000 people have taken refuge and the government of Mizoram has been urging the Centre to give refugee status to them.
The statement said, “We strongly believe that we will win shortly. This is to let them know that when democracy is restored, they shall not be allowed to live in Myanmar. So, we warn them to immediately stop supporting and working with the military forces,”.
“We warn them to immediately stop supporting and working with the military and stop fighting us. If they don’t care about this warning, they will be listed, in generation(s) to come, as the people who don’t like democracy in Myanmar,” the statement said.
The statement further said, “Democracy for us, the people of Myanmar, went away when the military took over the country on February 1, 2021. Since then, we have been making every effort to fight against the forces to get a federal democratic system in our country,”.
Some militant organisations from the Northeast, including the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and the People’s Liberation Army of Manipur, have their bases in Myanmar.
Ever since their coming together a few years ago under the banner of Western South East Asia or WESEA, they have carried out several coordinated attacks on the security forces in the Northeast.