The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Thursday claimed that numerous young individuals have joined the outfit and prepared to rewrite history.
HNLC general secretary cum publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said “We have reluctantly joined the Indian Union under coercion and at gunpoint, not by choice. The formation of the HNLC is based on our nation’s historical rights.”
“Numerous young individuals have joined the HNLC, prepared to rewrite history,” he also claimed while issuing a statement to observe the martyrs’ day as a recognition of the leaders and cadres who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the relentless fight against Indian illegal occupation and oppression.
Nongtraw said that Sambor Mawthoh @Dengdeng holds a significant place in the history of the HNLC.
He tragically lost his life as the first cadre of HNLC during an encounter with the Meghalaya Police on September 21st, 1994 at Jaiaw. In recognition of his sacrifice, the HNLC declared this day as the Martyrs’ Day of the organization, Nongtraw said.
He said that the HNLC meticulously maintain records of all its cadres and leaders who have dedicated their lives to the cause of the ‘Hynńiewtrep Nation’.
“The bloodshed by these brave youths will not be in vain, as the HNLC is determined to ensure that our struggle becomes a part of history,” the general secretary said adding “The importance of this day lies in commemorating and honoring the courageous leaders and cadres who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the relentless fight against Indian illegal occupation and oppression. It is a solemn occasion that pays tribute to those who fearlessly fought for the rights and aspirations of their people. The unwavering dedication, sacrifices, and the ultimate sacrifice made by these youths serve as a testament to their indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment to seeking justice and freedom. On this day, we take a moment to solemnly remember their invaluable sacrifices and express our heartfelt gratitude for their selflessness and bravery.”
He said there has never been a bloodless revolution, nonviolent revolution, or turn-the-other-cheek revolution in history.
According to him, nonviolence will not be effective if the oppressor lacks a moral conscience.
“May the souls of these fallen heroes find eternal peace, and may their legacy continue to inspire future generations to stand up against injustice and oppression. Martyrs Day serves as a reminder of their noble cause, urging us to carry forward their aspirations and never waver in our pursuit of justice and freedom for the Hynńiewtrep Nation,” Nongtraw added.