Summary of News

1. NUG discloses a summary of the incident of violence in Pathein Prison

The National Unity Government released a statement regarding the violence against unjustly detained people in Pathein Prison, in which the summary of the incident is described.

According to the statement, on January 7, 2023, an unjustly detained civilian was killed, about 70 detainees were injured, 9 of them were in a life-threatening condition due to the brutal tortures and gunfire of the prison staff in Pathein Prison, and another detainee is still missing. The statement said that the deceased was Ko Wai Yan Phyo (a.k.a. Yar Su), 33 years old, and Ko Win Min Htet (a.k.a. Mae Gyi), 31 years old, is still missing.

The summary of the incident is as follows: On December 30, 2022, Ko Win Min Htet and the other seven demonstrated against the death penalty sentenced against a CDM teacher, Ko Kaung Khant Kyaw. Those eight protesting prisoners were tortured and badly beaten the whole night of January 5, and seven of them were sent back to their cells and confined on the following morning; Ko Win Min Htet has been missing since then. When the prisoners protested and demanded the release of Ko Win Min Htet on January 6, a unit of about 30 junta policemen arrived at the prison and opened fire on the protesters who were chanting in the prison cells. Then, they dragged each of them out of the cells and beat them in the corridor, causing serious injuries. It was stated in the statement that six gunshots were heard at 12:00 p.m. and Ko Wai Yan Phyo (a.k.a. Yar Su) died from three gunshots in his head.

According to the statement, in addition to prison staff and prison police, about 20 police officers and prisoners, who were detained because of their violations against military laws, were also participated in violence within the prison.

The National Unity Government stated in its statement that it will continue to document this kind of violence and torture inside prisons and in extrajudicial killings and that it will make efforts to bring about justice in various ways, including by sending evidence to relevant international organizations and United Nations agencies and coordinating with those organizations.

2. NUG will appoint technological students as interns for its technology projects

The Ministry of Communication, Information and Technology (NUG) announced today, on January 9, that the ministry will appoint CDM technological students as interns for the military’s technology projects for the allied organizations and the public. The ministry stated in its statement that human resources are essential not only in implementing technology projects during the revolution but also in building the federal union in the future. So, it is necessary to build a foundation starting from the revolutionary period, and the technological students who actively participated in the Civil Disobedience Movement against the terrorist military council are invaluable human resources for the revolution and the future federal state.

The Ministry of Communications, Information, and Technology has stated that it will collaborate with Quokka Studio on intern verification and appointment.

3. Members of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) attended the ZFU Information Session organized by the Zomi Federal Union (ZFU)

Members of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) attended the ZFU Information Session organized by the Zomi Federal Union (ZFU) on January 8, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. via video conferencing.

At the discussion, U Pau Khat Suan, Member of Supreme Council (ZFU) gave an opening prayer in Chin language. Then, U Hang Khan Lian, MP of Amyotha Hluttaw, gave a speech saying that the fighting now is not for ordinary peace, but to drive away all the war monstrosities and evils that are destroying peace from the land of Myanmar and to achieve real peace for Myanmar, and that everyone will march together and build peace in the new era, without being divided among highlands and flatlands and leaving no one behind.

When Daw Myat Thida Htun, a member of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, delivered her speech, she expressed her respect for the people from all walks of life who are fighting against the terrorist military junta in various forms, the members of the people’s defence forces from all over the country, and all the martyrs who gave up their lives. Then she said that the representatives of the parliament who have been entrusted to represent the people according to the results of the 2020 general elections, which is the true will of the people, have pledged to work for the country and the people and are carrying out revolutionary duties as well as cooperating closely with the international community through the parliament method; the sham election tried to be held by the military regime, who are completely illegal and violating domestic and international laws by committing terrorist arrests, killing, and burning people’s homes, will not be a political exit but rather causes conflicts in the country. She also urged the political parties that are intending to join the military to consider the interests of the people, and she urged non-CDMers who are involved in the military dictatorship’s mechanisms for various reasons to cooperate with the people in order to permanently remove the military dictatorship that is dragging the future of all people into darkness.

Officials from the Zomi Federal Union (ZFU), members of the CRPH—Daw Myat Thida Htun, U Robert Nyal Yai, U Win Naing, U Zay Latt, U Nay Myo, U Zaw Min Thein, and U Sithu Maung—and other invited organisations attended the discussion.

4. The “Spring Tea Talk” revolution fundraising event held in the San Francisco Bay area raises about 15,000 U.S. dollars

The “Spring Tea Talk” family, which raises monthly funding for the revolution from the United States, held a fundraising event on January 8 where various foods and curry were sold and reportedly raised 14,672 U.S. dollars. A member of the “Spring Tea Talk” family told Radio NUG about how they are participating in the revolution as follows:

“It’s been a full year since the Spring Tea Talk family helped the ethnic brothers and sisters in Myanmar. Respect and honour to all of our family members: donors, volunteers, and buyers that put in a lot of effort each month and help out just because they care about the nation, humanity, and injustice. Participate in the revolution in any way you can by continuing to buy our services. Our New Year’s resolution is that we will all be united and work harder; we will repel the divisions made by the military dictators. The most important thing is our unity, both at home and abroad. The uprising must win!”

(((((   A family member of the Spring Tea Talk   )))))

Myanmar community in San Fransisco Bay area have been fulfilling their duties since the beginning of the Spring Revolution.

#Credit : Radio NUG


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