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Nagaland Armed Force Attack: Local body shuts down Hornbill Festival after civilian ambush

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In a press release by Chakhesang People Organisation, the local organization declared shutdown of all activities on Hornbill Festival at Pfutsero, Kisama and elsewhere under CPO jurisdiction until further notice.

The organization condemns the killings of civilians in Nagaland earlier today by the armed forces. The decision was taken to extend their solidarity.

Statement made by Chakhesang People Organisation (CPO)

CPO Press Release Nagaland The North-Eastern Chronicle

According to a press release, the CPO announced that “The incident at Oting and Tiru can never be mistaken identity nor information failure. This is genocide against innocent civilians…While extending our solidarity a total shutdown of all activities on Hornbill festival at Pfutsero, Kisama, and elsewhere under CPO jurisdictions will remain closed on 6th December 2021 till further notice,” the statement added.

Citizens demand to shut down Hornbill Festival

Nagaland citizens are also boycotting the Hornbill Festival 2021, which is currently taking place in Kisama, near the state capital of Kohima, and have erected black flags on the Hornbill site.

Following the killings, some people have demanded that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) of 1958, which gives the Indian Armed Forces special powers to maintain public order in “disturbed areas,” be repealed immediately.

Also read: NAGALAND HOME COMMISSIONER IMPOSES PROHIBITION ON MOBILE INTERNET SERVICES IN MON DISTRICT

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