Shillong: Despite tight security measures by the state police, members of the Hynniewtrep National Youth Movement (HNYM) gathered in large numbers on August 31 in a peaceful protest against the alarming rate of unemployment in the state.
The protesters, led by HNYM president Louis Dohtdong, gathered with placards that read “We don’t need festivals, we need jobs” and “Meghalaya is a state with enough jobs for non-tribals.” But not for tribals.”
The demonstration was planned to be near the IGP point, but the Meghalaya police intervened, citing the District Commissioner’s (DC) Section 144 order issued earlier in the day.
This order prohibits gathering of large number of people in one area. The police managed to stop the march in its tracks, preventing the protesters from proceeding with their march.
Undaunted by police presence and legal sanctions, HNYM members remained committed to their cause. They decided to continue their protest by moving to Mot U Kiang Nangbah Point near Civil Hospital, Shillong.
HNYM members are demanding immediate action from the state government to tackle the growing unemployment crisis in the state of Meghalaya.
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