Summary of News

1. NUG calls for the formation of a new union by uprooting the terrorist military dictator and achieving Second Independence

In its commemorative message sent to the 75th Independence Day celebrations, the National Unity Government (NUG) calls on all stakeholders in the revolution to work toward the formation of a new union by uprooting the terrorist military dictator and achieving Second Independence.

The message stated that Myanmar’s military, which played an important role in Myanmar’s independence history alongside the people’s struggle, was systematically destroyed by power-hungry military leaders who prioritised their own interests and established the habit of bullying the entire population with weapons, running military coups in successive periods of history, and extending the suffering of the entire population under the yoke of the military.

The National Unity Government urged the formation of a new union and the eradication of the military dictator as follows:

 “We convey this commemorative message by urging all the organisations representing the people, Ethnic Revolution Organisations, and the people to follow their New Year Resolutions of eradicating the military dictatorship and creating the Federal Democracy Union as a common goal and follow in the footsteps of our forebearers where they garnered the spirit to fight off a force much stronger. Together we will go forth with this zeal and spirit, and we will uproot this military dictatorship and gain a second independence.”

2. Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann claims that the NUG has the military capability to attack the enemy throughout the country.

At a meeting between the Interim Local Administration Central Committee (ILACC) and committees representing Yangon, Mandalay, and Magway Hluttaws on January 3, Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Kahing Thann made the following remarks:

“The National Unity Government is working hard to provide for the people who have suffered, as well as to prevent further damage and to liberate the country from the oppression of the brutal terrorist military.” “As the National Unity Government (NUG) is a revolutionary government, in the interim administration, the NUG is changing the policies that should be changed as well as making the necessary arrangements as much as possible.”

The Union Prime Minister further stated that the National Unity Government had prepared a one-year strategy and was working to implement it, and that success was not far away given the current state of the international community’s support, which has grown stronger than it was previously.

3. For many years, successive military dictators had broken Panglong’s commitments

During the live broadcast of the panel discussion “Let’s Boycott Military Products to Feel the Essence of Independence,” held on January 3, Daw Khin Ma Ma Myo, Union Minister of Commerce, remarked the following:

“For many years, the military dictators had violated Panglong’s commitments made before independence.”

Furthermore, the Union Minister claimed that the military rulers had failed to protect the country’s elderly and children.

4. The military junta has released the Thura U Aung Ko, ousted people’s government’s Minister of Religious Affairs and Culture, and Daw Than Myint, a member of the Yangon City Development Committee

Thura U Aung Ko, the ousted people’s government’s Minister of Religious Affairs and Culture, and Daw Than Myint, a member of the Yangon City Development Committee, were released on the night of January 3, and thousands of prisoners were released from various prisons on January 4, according to sources close to the prison.

However, former political prisoners confirmed that the majority of the leaders of state from the era of the people’s government and most of the political prisoners were not among the released prisoners.

Although the military council has shown signs of wanting to reduce international pressure, most of the political prisoners are still being detained in the prison.

5. The Deputy Minister of Education reminds the deadline for online registration for the Basic Education Completion Assessment (BECA)

Ja Htoi Pan, Deputy Minister of Education, reminded the deadline for the online registration of the Basic Education Completion Assessment (BECA) as follows:

“The online registration for the Basic Education Completion Assessment (BECA) will close on January 5, 2023, so I would like to remind those who want to take it but have not yet registered. This registration is for both BECA examinations that will be held in February and August of 2023. The on-site registration has already been done by the relevant organizations.”

Information about BECA can be learned at the Myanmar Basic Education Home of the Ministry of Education and can also be inquired about via its page messenger.

BECA this year aims mainly at students who have reached the age of 17 years, have attended Grade 11, and have not taken the examinations of schools under the junta-controlled Ministry of Education.

6. U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said that the Myanmar military regime is obstructing democratic progress and the will of the people

The U.S. Embassy in Yangon expressed the statement of the U.S. Secretary of State on Independence of Myanmar.

In the statement, Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to the people of Myanmar and stated that the United States has long supported the people of Myanmar who want to shape their own future and that the Myanmar military regime is obstructing democratic progress and the will of the people.

“The military’s brutal and horrific campaign of violence has nevertheless failed to overcome the strong commitment of the people of Burma to forge an inclusive and democratic country,” Secretary Blinken said.

He also stated that the United States stands with the people of Myanmar, who are determined to bring democracy to their country.

7. The “Victory Flag of Spring” campaign receives the most donations for cameras and propellers

In January, the “Victory Flag of Spring” campaign announced that it had raised the most donations for cameras and propellers, as follows:

“We would like to express our special thanks to each and every person who contributed to the Victory Flag of Spring campaign to raise donations for drone parts. The teams Miss Camera and Brother Propeller have received the most donations and are leading the campaign.”

The Victory Flag of Spring campaign is a fundraising campaign made by the Federal Wings to support drones and drone technology for the people’s defence forces across the country. Donations can be made for the basic materials needed to build a drone, such as the propellers, cameras, circuits, and batteries.

Everyone who purchases and donates 50 points or more will receive a lucky draw ticket as part of the campaign’s special plan, with each dollar spent equalling one point. A pair of ladies’ shoes worn by Mother Suu on her journey to Europe to accept the Nobel Prize will be awarded as a special prize in the lucky draw. The first prize of the lucky draw will be an amethyst locket worth 3.5 million kyats; the second prize will be one tical (approx. 16.3293 grams) golden necklace worth about 2 million kyats; the third prize will be an emerald locket worth 1.5 million kyats; and the fourth prize will be an amethyst ring worth 1.1 million kyats.

8. PTT will also be boycotted in Thailand

The Blood Money campaign announced that PTT will also be boycotted in Thailand as part of the campaign to cut the blood money.

From January 2 to 5, as part of the “Blood Money” campaign to cut the flow of blood money to the military regime, a campaign is being run to post photo comments on PTT’s Facebook pages for their customers to see. The campaign aims at letting Thai customers of PTT know how PTT is involved in human rights violations against Myanmar citizens.

“Many Thai people still don’t know how the PTT group is related to Myanmar. In the near future, as part of the Blood Money campaign, we will join forces with young Thai activists and try to boycott PTT in Thailand as well,” the Blood Money campaign said.

There are many subsidiaries under the Thailand-owned PTT Group, and 51 percent is owned by the Thai government. The PTTEP (PTT Exploration and Production) is involved as a shareholder in all three oil exploration projects in the lower part of Myanmar, namely Yadana, Yetagun, and Zawtika, and is also the buyer of the gas.

The money that PTT Group gives to the terrorist military is worth millions of dollars every year (458.9 million dollars in 2021), and it is estimated that it could be worth about one billion dollars by 2022.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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