Summary of News

1. Acting President Duwa Lashi La says that the National Unity Government, which started from zero, can now face the terrorist military group from all aspects

February 8th

At the Cabinet Meeting of the National Unity Government held on February 7, Acting President Duwa Lashi La said the following:

“Our National Unity Government started from zero, but today we are able to face the terrorist military group from all aspects, and we are all aware that we can already perform better in some areas. We have accomplished so much in such a short period of time because of the strong determination of all ethnic peoples to reject the dictatorship system.”

Currently, 303 battalions have been formally established under the People’s Defence Force (PDF) of the Ministry of Defence and there are 260 township PaKaHpas (local defence forces by townships) that are under the command of the Ministry of Defence. In addition, in diplomatic relations, NUG representatives’ offices have been opened in Japan, Korea, the Czech Republic, France, and the United States.

2. The Union Prime Minister promises that the National Unity Government will try to be stronger than ever to take down the terrorist military council

February 8th

Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann said the following at the Cabinet Meeting (5/2023) of the National Unity Government held on February 7:

“We are encouraged to receive the funds needed to achieve the National Unity Government’s one-year plan. On the other hand, we are very pleased to know that our people’s perception and beliefs about the revolution have not diminished even slightly in light of the success of these [fundraising] projects. For the sake of people’s beliefs, our government promises to try to be stronger than ever to take down the terrorist military council.”

Furthermore, the Union Prime Minister urged all ministers to work together with all revolutionary organisations to prevent the 3rd anniversary of the revolution from happening.

3. NUG’s Union Minister Dr. Tu Hkawng says that the seed of a political system that will guarantee for the future generations will be sown

February 8th

On February 8, while talking about the Panglong Agreement, Union Minister Dr. Tu Hkawng added that the seed of a political system that will ensure future generations will be sown, as follows:

“The most important thing in the federal democratic system, which is the essence of the Panglong Agreement, is the distribution of legislative, judicial, and administrative powers to the federal units. In the era of parliamentary democracy after independence, the leaders of the Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League (AFPFL), led by elected MPs, failed to implement these concepts. They wanted to concentrate power in the central government, making it easier for those who wanted to seize power to do so. We must not repeat old mistakes in this revolution; instead, we will sow the seed of a political system that will guarantee for future generations.”

The Union Prime Minister added that even though it might take a while to create a guaranteed political system for building a peaceful country, it won’t be allowed to fail.

4. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun stated at the United Nations that the Myanmar military killed a total of 165 children in 2022 alone

February 8th

Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the United Nations, stated about Myanmar children who are being killed in Myanmar at the First Regular Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, held on February 7, 2023, as follows:

“Since February 2021, children have been among arbitrarily detained, displaced, held as hostages, in some cases tortured and murdered by the inhumane military across Myanmar. In fact, the children of Myanmar were often the targets of the violence. For example, the military launched airstrikes, artillery attacks and mortar shells into a self-supporting school in Sagain, a kindergarten in Karenni (Kayah) and a child’s naming ceremony in Rakhine from September to November last year, killing 11 children in total. 165 children were killed by the junta in 2022 alone, a 78 percent increase from 2021.”

“In addition to indiscriminate attacks on children and educational facilities, the junta has been deliberately denying humanitarian access for children,” the ambassador said.

According to OCHA, 5.6 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance, experiencing food insecurity, limited access to clean water, routine immunizations and education.

5. The number of Myanmar nationals arrested and detained recently in India’s Manipur State has risen to 94

February 8th

On February 6, Salai Isaac Khen, executive member of the ICNCC, said: “To date, a total of 94 Myanmar nationals have been arrested and detained in India’s Manipur State. According to reports, they were detained for illegal entry and settlement, and there was no other reason. To represent them in accordance with the law, a lawyer has already been retained.”

After the military seizure of power, the people fled clashes and political arrests and took refuge in the border towns of neighbouring countries.

6. When the People’s Defense Forces searched a village in Kalay Township based on a drug report, the drug trafficker resisted with a long sword and was shot and arrested

February 8th

On February 3, a combined team consisting of 10 members of the PDF-Kalay Battalion-3 and the CDF-KKG reportedly searched U Hla Shwe’s farm in a village in Kalay Township, according to a drug report.

U Hla Shwe was reportedly shot and arrested after he resisted arrest with a 27-inch-long sword, and 4 grams of heroin mixed with yellow powder in a plastic box and accessories used for drug use were seized from him.

According to the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, illegal drug trafficker U Hla Shwe is being prosecuted at the Kalay Police Service (Northern) under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law.

7. A bomb attack killed five members of the junta force who were guarding the Myanmar Economic Bank (MEB) in Myinmu

February 8th

The True Fighter, a local defence group based in Sagaing Division, claimed that, on February 7, it had launched a bomb attack on a group of junta force members who were guarding the Myanmar Economic Bank (MEB), a military-controlled state-owned commercial bank, in Myinmu.

 “At around 9:46 p.m. on February 7, we, the True Fighter group, used bombs to attack a group of military council troops guarding the Myanmar Economic Bank in Myinmu,” the True Fighter said.

Five members of the junta force were reportedly killed in the attack.

8. In support of the Spring Revolution, the Spring Thingyan Festival will be held in Hibiya Park in Tokyo, Japan

February 8th

The Representative Office of the National Unity Government in Japan announced in February that, as a support for the Spring Revolution, the Spring Thingyan Festival will be held in Hibiya Park, Tokyo, Japan, as follows:

“The Spring Thingyan Festival, organised by the Representative Office of the National Unity Government in Japan, is scheduled to take place on April 9, 2023, in Hibiya Park in Tokyo in support of the Spring Revolution.”

Organizations from Myanmar in Japan, ethnic brothers and sisters, and the Myanmar revolutionary forces there have all been asked to work together.

#Credit : Radio NUG


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