Insurgents call boycott of Independence Day celebration
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  • A general strike on August 15 has been called in the entire northeastern states by several insurgent groups as a part of their boycott of the Independence Day celebrations. In a joint statement issued by the Kamatapur Liberation Organsation (KLO), Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF), Tripura People’s Democratic Front (TPDF) and the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) on August 10, these organisations appealed to the people of the region to support them and make the boycott and general strike a complete success1.

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