Thursday, September 29, 2022

Mon CSOs call for 12-hr shutter-down on Sep 9 against ‘extortion, harassment’

Mon civil society groups have called a 12-hour shutter-down of all shops and business establishments in Mon town on September 9 in protest against “extortion and harassment”.
Informing this in a statement, Konyak Union (KU) Mon branch president Kaiyan Toalem and general secretary Nokhreih Ünok SN said the decision was made at an emergency coordination meeting of Konyak Union Mon unit with advisory board of Konyak Nyepuh Sheko Khong Mon unit, Mon Area Students’ Union, Mon Town Students’ Union, Private Transport Association Mon and Mon Chamber of Commerce & Industry at Konyak Union Mon Unit conference hall on Tuesday.
The house deliberated at length about the situation in the market and took note of the extortion demands, donations and harassments faced by the shopkeepers.
In this regard, the house appealed to all shopkeepers of Mon town to down their shutters from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 9. This was in accordance with a bandh called by Mon block civil society organisations against extortion and harassments taking place in the market area, it added.
The meeting also requested Mon Area Students’ Union and Mon Town Students’ Union to ensure smooth enforcement of the shutter-down programme through their volunteers.
It warned that any shop found violating the programme would be strictly deal with.