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Sonam Wangchuk calls off his border march due to “over reaction” of Ladakh administration

Last Updated on April 6, 2024 at 8:26 pm

Ladakhi climate activist Sonam Wangchuk has called off his border march from Leh tomorrow due to apprehensions of violence following the administration’s “over-reaction”.

Sonam Wangchuk wrote on X; “People of Ladakh have been fasting in protest for the last 32 days. These have happened in the most peaceful ways through prayers & fasts”. 

“The purpose of the Pashmina March was to highlight the plight of the Changpa nomadic tribes who are losing thousands of sq kms of their land due to Chinese incursion in the north and our own corporates in the south”.

“This purpose seems already fulfilled even before the March began due to the suppression attempts & overreaction of the Government with the imposition of Section 144, curtailment of internet  and restrictions on movement by turning Leh into a war-like zone with armed barricades on all roads leading to Leh city”.

“Under these circumstances chances of violence are very high, which could then be used to lable this peaceful movement anti-national”. 

“In view of these developments and the fact that the whole nation now knows about the reality of our pasturelands at the borders, the leaders of the Apex Body today decided to call off the Pashmina March on 7th April”.

“The ongoing peaceful fast will however continue. We thank all the leaders and people who came here from different parts of the country”, he added.