Spring Revolution Local News – Mar 07 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. Acting President Duwa Lashi La says that in order to ensure that there is no delay in the revolution, actions are being taken in accordance with the Federal Democracy Charter

In an interview in March, Acting President Duwa Lashi La said the following in response to a question regarding the Federal Democracy Charter:

“Our revolution should have three key characteristics: it must be easy, correct, and quick. If we have to take time to draft the constitution [now], the revolution may be delayed. Another thing is that it may be difficult to do very complicated things that only legal experts will know. So, I believe it would be better for us to work under the charter, which is easy.”

At the Cabinet Meeting (9/2023) of the National Unity Government held on March 7, the Acting President said that NUG will not allow collecting taxes through threats with a weapon. 

The Acting President said, “We must avoid overburdening the taxpayers with the tax collection law that our government will pass. Moreover, we must avoid tax collection methods that do not adhere to social justice standards.”

The agenda of today’s cabinet meeting included discussion on submitting the Union Taxation Law for approval.

Then, the Acting President went on to say that, “Whether looking up at the history of the past or the mechanism of the current military council, it can be seen demanding money through threats with a weapon. Successive military dictatorships collect money based on their armed forces. This is the behavior of a dictatorial character, so we must be careful and avoid it.”

2. NUG’s Minister of Home Affairs says that the Interim Local Administration Central Committee will do its best and encourages the township administration bodies to work in unity

At the meeting between the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration and the township people’s administration bodies on March 6, Union Minister U Lwin Ko Latt said the following:

  • Since the revolution has been over for more than two years, the military council is working to maintain its power, and after the declaration of martial law in 37 townships, violence is increasing [in those areas],
  • It is important to support and guide each other in the revolution,
  • The Interim Local Administration Central Committee will perform its duties to the best of its ability, and 
  • All the township people’s administration bodies also need to work in unity.

The meeting was attended by Union Minister U Lwin Ko Latt, the Permanent Secretary and Associate Secretary, officials from the Department of People’s Administration, the People’s Police Force, the Fire Department, the Immigration Department, and the Special Investigation and Intelligence Department, and members of the people’s administrative bodies from Sagaing, Magway, Bago, Tanintharyi, Ayeyarwady, Yangon, and Mandalay Divisions.

3. NUG’s Union Minister Dr. Tu Hkawng says it is encouraging that, according to the results of a recent survey, the majority of Myanmar people do not accept military dictators

On March 7, Union Minister Dr. Tu Hkawng wrote the following regarding the opinions of the people on his social media:

“It is said that the majority of the people of North Korea still consider its government to be the best in the world. I am worried that these things will become habits over the long period of time that the military dictators rule in Myanmar. The majority of Myanmar’s population does not, however, ideologically support the military dictatorship, according to the findings of a recent survey. This is encouraging.”

The Union Minister also went on to say that the ideological revolution must also be waged alongside the current “spring revolution.”

4. The Federal Democratic Education Policy will be made public soon

During a recent interview, Dr. Sai Khaing Myo Tun, Deputy Minister of Education of the National Unity Government, said the following about the adoption of the Federal Democratic Education Policy:

“The Ministry of Education has drafted the Federal Democratic Education Policy with the help of experts, and the draft has been approved by the National Unity Government. Now it is being discussed with the Education Committee of the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC).”

The Deputy Minister also went on to say that the ethnic groups and education organisations had been requested to consult on the Federal Democratic Education Policy and that it will be available to the public soon.

5. The “Elephants in Revolution” campaign has so far sold over 1,700 raffle tickets in one month

On March 2, the “Elephants in Revolution” campaign publicized that, out of its 3,000-ticket goal, 1,763 had already been sold, as follows:

“It has been a month since we started the Momo Lay (Elephants in Revolution) campaign, and we have sold 1,763 Momo tickets so far.”

This campaign is an initiative by the NUG’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection (MONREC), which aims to raise funds to help solve the livelihood and health care problems of the people’s elephants and mahout staff, who participated in the non-violent civil disobedience movement, which is the main pillar of the People’s Revolution. During the campaign, 3,000 tickets were expected to be sold.

The people who consistently support every fundraising campaign to their afford are invited by the campaign organiser to support the Momo Lay (Elephants in Revolution) campaign.

6. The film “We Will Share the Merit When We Are Free” will be screened in New York

The New York City Burmese Community (NYCBC) announced on March 7 that the film “We Will Share the Merit When We Are Free” will be screened in the United States, as follows:

“A true story of the spring revolution, the film ‘We Will Share the Merit When We Are Free’ will be screened in the United States, supported by the Myanmar Federal Democratic Mission Coalition (MFDMC) and organised by the New York City Burmese Community (NYCBC). The film ‘We Will Share the Merit When We Are Free’ is based on the true story of the revolution that actually happened in the Karenni region. It is directed and produced by comedians Ko Sein Thee and Ko Aung Thaw, and the characters in the film are played by the revolutionary comrades.”

The NYCBC also announced that the film will be screened four times in New York on May 6, 2023 (Saturday) at 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, and 17:30, with a rate of $30 per ticket.

7. Thai authorities arrested a Myanmar refugee activist from the Maesot Refugee Voice

According to reports, a Myanmar refugee activist from the Maesot Refugee Voice was arrested by Thai authorities somewhere in Mae Sot on the evening of March 6.

“Ma Ei Thandar Aung informed the team that she went to a charity event and was arrested at the checkpoint on her way back from it. We have also informed the UNHCR, and they replied that they will take care of it,” said a member of the Maesot Refugee Voice.

According to reports, her mobile phone was kept, and she was detained in a cell in Mae Sot.

The Maesot Refugee Voice is a refugee rights group in Mae Sot, Thailand, and shares information about issues concerning refugees from Myanmar. It has also staged protests in front of Thai government offices and the UNHCR office in Mae Sot.

#Credit : Radio NUG


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