Call for Aug 19 general strike reaffirmed

IMPHAL, Aug 13: The joint coordinating committee formed in connection with the conspiracy to exclude international weightlifter L Monika from the ongoing Beijing Olympics has reaffirmed its call for a 24-hours general strike form 6 am of August 19 to protest against the discrimination by national level organisations and sports bodies.

The co-convenor of the coordinating committee, during a press conference held this evening at the Manipur Olympic Association office at Khuman Lampak main studium, mentioned that there will be no participation in any event or game organised at the national level by players from the state until justice is delivered in the case by the Central government.

He said it was unfortunate to announce a boycott of the players from the state who had already gone to participate in many national level regional championships, inter SAI championships and athletics events but the stand on the boycott by the committee would remain on these players and coaches unless there was satisfactory explanation from those concerned, the spokesman added.

The spokesman of the coordinating committee further mentioned that the committee had already completed mobilisations throughout the state to launch a state-wide protest by coordinating the local bodies and district level civil society organisations in the state.

The committee would conduct non violent agitations by holding dharnas and sit-in protests in the respective localities, he said.

The spokesman also mentioned that the stand of the state government regarding the issue was not satisfactory and it was necessary to take the issue directly to the people of the state.

The press conference of the joint coordinating committee was attended by representatives of the DESAM, AMSU, and various state level sports organisations.



About Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi Delhi

Zou Students' Association Delhi Branch
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