Irom Sharmila: Breaking fast into politics

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Manipuri rights activist Irom Sharmila, on a 16 year hunger strike demanding the repeal of controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA+), has decided to break her fast and contest elections.

“I will break my fast as the government has failed to give any positive response. I will fight elections to resolve the issues,” she said on Tuesday.

fasting agitator, who is being fed through a nasal tube, has justified using the fast as a weapon to achieve her goal of repealing AFSPA

She will break her fast on August 9. and said she will contest Assembly elections in Manipur scheduled for 2017.

Irom has been on a hunger strike since November 2000, when 10 civilians were killed by security forces at a bus stop near Imphal airport.

The fasting agitator, who is being fed through a nasal tube, has justified using the fast as a weapon to achieve her goal of repealing AFSPA.

“Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, had resorted to fasts while making certain demands,” she has said.

She had been arrested, released and then re-arrested from time to time on the charge of making an attempt to commit suicide.

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