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Will the Mizoram Covid facility be a refuge for those hit by the junta? | India News


AIZAWL: Mizoram government sources here said that the Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) building in the town of Falkland is preparing to house people who crossed over from Myanmar. This was a quarantine facility at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.
Unofficial sources have reported that more than 300 refugees have taken refuge in Aizawl, including some members of the National League for Democracy who were elected to the Myanmar parliament in the November 2020 elections.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Aizawl-based NGO United for Democracy in Myanmar, Ramlawma, told TOI that the Myanmar military fired indiscriminately at protesters on Palm Sunday (March 28) in Kalaymyo municipality, which which forced desperate protesters to fight back.
Ramlawma said that civilian protesters under the umbrella of the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) have collected weapons and vowed to fight back, and ethnic insurgent groups have also pledged their support.
Student and civil society groups from Mizoram have been calling on the Center and the state government to provide aid and assistance to the Myanmar people. Vanlaltana, president of Mizo Zirlai Pawl, Mizo’s main student body, said that India shouldn’t call itself the world’s largest democracy if it doesn’t help pro-democracy protesters in Myanmar.

Times of India