Spring Revolution Local News – Apr 9 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. NUG’s Union Minister Dr. Zaw Wai Soe says that only fraudulent education can be taught under a dictator

In an interview in April, Dr. Zaw Wai Soe, Union Minister for Education of the National Unity Government, said the following:

“I would like to question the non-CDM [educational personnel] about whether they really have academic freedom under the authorisation of the military council that they have chosen. I’m also curious what they have to say about the airstrikes on civilians and schools. I’m wondering if they have the right to self-determination and expression as human beings. Under a crooked dictator, only crooked education can be taught. It is impossible to be educated.”

There are restrictions on the right to study under the military council, and the military council also arrests and detains CDM teachers and students who are engaged in independent education.

2. NUG Union Ministers extend their warmest wishes on Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday)

On the day of Resurrection of Jesus, Easter, which falls on April 9, 2023, several NUG Union Ministers express their best wishes.

“On Easter Sunday, may everyone have a speedy recovery from all kinds of suffering they are currently experiencing. For Christians, today is a significant day since it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus. In other words, it is a milestone that changed from an old philosophy rooted for thousands of years to a new philosophy. Similarly, now is also Myanmar’s transition period from entrenched militarist nationalism to a new federal democratic union. We will revive Myanmar’s dead politics. The lives of the people, which are no different from dead, must be revived. Happy Easter Sunday to you all!”— Union Minister Dr. Tu Hkawng said.

“Let me wish a Happy Easter to all the revolutionary forces and oppressed people who are fighting against the military dictator from various places. May everyone who stands up for the truth be safe. May God bless them and keep them safe. May the revolution be victorious and everyone feel comfort and peace together with their beloved ones. May they regain their right to health and well-being as soon as possible.” — Union Minister U Aung Myo Min said.

3. Daw Thiri Yadanar says that heritage needs to be preserved for future generations

On April 8, at the “Revolution and Heritage Conservation” jointly organised by the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC), Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE), and the Interim Board for Heritage Administration, Daw Thiri Yadanar, a representative of Amyotha Hluttaw (the upper house), said the following:

“In our country, systematically preserving heritages such as natural heritage and cultural heritage will allow both our citizens and foreign visitors to learn. In terms of natural heritage, our country still has many ecosystems, from the ice-covered mountains to the seashore and islands. Therefore, in accordance with the word ‘preserve the inheritance,’ it is important that we protect it in our time because otherwise, we will not complete our obligation for future generations.”

Furthermore, she said, a civilised society needs to preserve its heritage, and it is important to preserve it even when fighting against a military dictatorship.

4. Revolutionary forces call on the public to celebrate this year’s Thingyan as a revolutionary Thingyan

Revolutionary forces call on the public to celebrate this year’s Thingyan as a revolutionary Thingyan.

“We would like to encourage people to celebrate the revolutionary Thingyan festival in some way while you are relaxing on this occasion. How to celebrate it is to boycott military-related products and businesses, whatever you are doing—going on a trip or visiting your parents and relatives back home,” the Federation of General Workers Myanmar (FGWM) stated.

When travelling during Thingyan Days, people are encouraged to refrain from using petrol stations, restaurants, accommodations, beverage brands, etc. that are connected to the military and its associates. Besides, people are also encouraged to follow carefully the security statements of various revolutionary groups while they are travelling during the Thingyan New Year.

5. People are advised not to use the Pakokku-Myaing roadway for safety reasons

The Myaing Rural Guerrilla Force published the following notice, warning the public not to use the Pakokku-Myaing roadway for their own safety:

“The terrorist military forces are marching in large numbers in the southeast of Myaing Township, so due to safety concerns, the public is restricted from using the Pakokku-Myaing roadway starting this Sunday until further notice from our defence forces.”

6. The terrorist military troops install a heavy weapon near the Ye-U Town Lotus roundabout, facing south

On April 9, the Depeyin Township Refugee Support Group stated the military information as follows:

“It is reported that the terrorist soldiers stationed at Ye-U Traditional Hospital installed a heavy weapon near the railway track south of the Ye-U Town Lotus roundabout, facing south. Therefore, residents of villages located south of Ye-U Town are informed to be cautious of heavy weapon firing.”

According to reports, the terrorist military units stationed in Ye-U Township’s Mote Si and Mu Sone villages are using a backhoe to demolish the Mu River’s riverside. Residents are fleeing as a result, and neighbouring villages have been encouraged to help those who are fleeing.

7. The junta air force launched an air strike in Banmauk

On April 9, the Banmauk Revolution (BR) team claimed: “Last night, at about 12:00 a.m. on April 8, there had been an air strike near Kyaung Lel village in Banmauk Township, and the state of the damage is still unknown. Similarly, according to reports, the junta troops and allied Shanni Nationalities Army (SNA) burned down a gold mining site in Madaya, and local residents fled as a result.”

8. Myeik PDFs ambush a military vehicle coming from Tanintharyi town

On April 9, the Myeik District 2nd PDF Battalion claimed that it and allies had ambushed a military vehicle coming from Tanintharyi town as follows:

“On April 9, at 1:30 a.m., the Myeik District 2nd PDF Battalion, its company 2, Tanintharyi Guerrilla, Tanintharyi Yoma, Red Wings, and Kyun Su PaKaHpa ambushed a military vehicle coming from Tanintharyi town when it arrived near Lel Taung Yar village.”

The two sides reportedly exchanged fire for about 30 minutes. The number of casualties on the military side is still unknown, while friendly soldiers were claimed to have withdrawn unscathed.

9. The revolutionary fundraising project “The Fence” has extended the campaign period by one week until April 16

The Fence Project announced the following about the extension of the campaign period on April 9:

“Our project, ‘The Fence,’ still needs about 30% to meet our target. Since this project is very important for our KNDF Strategy 4, we decided to run it until the target is met. As a result, even though we had initially planned to end the campaign on April 9, we will now extend it by one week, to April 16.”

The Fence Project is a project aimed at raising 1 billion Myanmar Kyats to replenish weapons and ammunition for the Karenni Nationalities Defence Force (KNDF) Strategy 4, and the proceeds of the project will reportedly be given directly to KNDF Strategy 4.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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