Expressing solidarity with Irom Sharmila — the activist who has entered the 12th year of hunger fast demanding repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Manipur — members of the Peoples' Solidarity Concerns-Bangalore, a forum of various human rights organisations, have organised a series of programmes, including film screenings, a public talk and demonstration on Saturday in the city.
Addressing presspersons on Friday, forum convener Jagadish G. Chandra said that two films on the issues raised by Irom Sharmila will be screened at the SCM House on Mission Road in the city at 1 p.m.
This will be followed by a talk by lawyer activist Babloo Loitongbam, who is also a close associate of Ms. Sharmila. Participants of the Save Sharmila Jatha from Ahmedabad to Srinagar, who are arriving in the city as part of their countrywide campaign, will also attend the programme, Mr. Chandra said.
This programme will be followed by a mass protest demonstration in front of Town Hall at 4 p.m., he said.
“AFSPA has… become a symbol of oppression, an object of hate and an instrument of discrimination and high-handedness and it should be repealed,” Mr. Chandra added.