AMA aims to create a platform where “voices of the oppressed are amplified” so that the world can witness the resilience and determination of the Meitei community in the face of adversity.
Association of Meiteis in the Americas (AMA) is scheduled to hold a peace demonstration at Lafayette Park, near the White House, Washington DC on June 22, 2023, from 10 AM to 5 PM (EST).
In a press note, AMA while expressing its solidarity with the people of Manipur stated, “We wholeheartedly encourage all concerned individuals, community leaders, and supporters to stand together as we collectively express our solidarity against the ongoing violence in Manipur, India – our beloved birthplace and motherland”.
In the wake of the ongoing conflict that erupted on May 3, 2023, Manipur is facing an unprecedented crisis. Tragically, more than 125 lives have been lost, while over 350 individuals have been injured. The plight of over 50,000 displaced people seeking shelter in 350 relief camps is dire, with limited access to essential resources such as food, water, and healthcare, said the press note.
AMA stated that the entire population of Manipur (3.5 million) “lives in constant fear, anger, and anxiety about their future. The violence persists, exacerbating the suffering and trauma experienced by the people”.
AMA strongly condemned “the killing of Indian Meitei villagers and the burning of their homes, Hindu temples and Meitei churches by Kuki militants and their affiliated organizations in the hill and near hill districts. As members of the global Meitei diaspora, we cannot remain passive while our roots are tarnished by bloodshed. Everyone deserves the right to live free from violence and fear. We demand that the authorities uphold the people’s fundamental human rights, including their right to dignity, education, and access to information”.
The association argued that these fundamental rights have been unjustly deprived from the people for far too long. “We choose to act as the beacon of peace and solidarity amidst the chaos”, added AMAM.
The peace demonstration at Lafayette Park is not just a mere gathering but a powerful symbol of unity, compassion, and hope and it aims to create a platform where the “voices of the oppressed are amplified, and the world can witness the resilience and determination of the Meitei community in the face of adversity. This is an opportunity for us to call upon the international community, urging them to pay attention to the grave situation unfolding in Manipur”.
AMA implored every concerned individual, regardless of background, to join hands with the association and show their support for peace and justice. The association has also extended invitation to leaders, activists, community organizations, and anyone who believes in the power of unity and wishes to make a difference. “Together, we can significantly impact and advocate for lasting changes and peace in Manipur”, added AMA.
The association also requested those unable to physically join the demonstration to stand united in supporting the cause by sharing AMA’s message extensively on social media and through any available means. “Let us ensure our message reaches the farthest corners of the world, resonating with the hearts and minds of those who can influence change”, further added AMA.
The association said it was committed to pursuing a peaceful resolution in Manipur that upholds every individual’s rights and dignity. “By organizing this peaceful demonstration, we strive to create a better future for our people, free from violence and conflict. Let us unite in our purpose and shine a light of hope upon our motherland”.
AMA is an association of Meiteis in the Americas – a collective of conscientious Meitei individuals across the Americas. It is dedicated to preserving authentic Meitei culture and heritage while promoting factual and historical information highlighting the indigenous roots in Manipur. “Furthermore, by embracing our indigeneity, we foster understanding and appreciation for the Meitei community, aiming to celebrate and safeguard our cultural legacy for future generations”, added the association.