Spring Revolution Local News – Apr 25 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. The Union Prime Minister says that he felt empathy for the bereaved families of the revolutionary comrades and victims who suffered throughout the two years of the Spring Revolution

In his felicitation message sent to mark the two-year anniversary of the Chinland Defence Force-Mindat (CDF-Mindat), which fell on April 24, Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khing Thann said that he felt empathy for the bereaved families of the revolutionary comrades and victims who suffered throughout the two years of the Spring Revolution.

“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families of resistance fighters and civilians who were affected, hurt, and killed by the inhumane brutality of the terrorist military council members throughout Chin State, including Mindat Township, during the two years of the Spring Revolution. Especially the one on April 16, 2023, when three civilians, including a 4-year-old child, were killed in an airstrike by the military council on Pan Par village in Mindat Township, we are deeply saddened and empathise with the bereaved families,” Union Prime Minister said.

The terrorist military council has killed more than 3,000 civilians and arrested more than 20,000 others since their attempted military coup on February 1, 2023.

2. NUG’s Defence Minister says that now is the time to work together step by step in all aspects of the country’s politics and military affairs

U Yee Mon, Union Minister of Defence of the National Unity Government, said the following in his felicitation message sent to mark the two-year anniversary of the Chinland Defence Force-Mindat (CDF-Mindat), which fell on April 24:

“Now is the time when we must work together step by step in all aspects of political and military affairs. The Ministry of Defence of the National Unity Government also promises to cooperate with all resistance organisations, including the CDF-Mindat, until the successful completion of Myanmar’s Spring Revolution.”

At present, the National Unity Government has established a total of 303 battalions of the People’s Defence Force (PDF) and more than 260 township-level people’s defence groups (Township PaKaHpa’s), with around 100,000 members of the people’s defence.

3. NUG’s Union Minister Dr. Tu Hkawng cautions people against format-designed misinformation disseminated widely by third-party social accounts

On April 25, Union Minister Dr. Tu Hkawng wrote the following to caution the people:

“I’m writing this upon finding widely spread, format-designed misinformation disseminated by third-party accounts. Third-party account owners are those who are neither from the military council nor support the NUG but who make the general population confused [by disseminating misinformation] while pretending to stand on the side of the revolution. The systematic design of this misinformation may have come from the psychological operations department of the military council, or it may have been someone from third-party who wanted to defame the NUG. If they were doings of the military council, it’s doing what it had to do, but if they were doings of third-party knowingly, it means that they aim to undermine the revolution.”

The Union Minister further asserted that misinformation regarding the CRPH and NUG being posted on Facebook is incorrect and may instead be an attempt by opponents to obtain information from the revolutionary forces.

4. NUG’s Deputy Foreign Minister says that collaborative efforts are needed for international diplomats to be more effective in addressing the Myanmar issue

U Moe Zaw Oo, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the National Unity Government, said that the international community’s efforts to solve the issue of Myanmar, such as efforts by major countries, regional countries, and ASEAN member countries, are appreciated since they are meant to benefit Myanmar and its people, but at the same time, those efforts should be collective, and collaborations are needed in order to make them more effective. In addition, what is most important is for the international community to coordinate to put effective pressure and measures against the military council through diplomatic, economic, and financial means, stated the Deputy Minister.

Persuading the military council would not be work at all since they have experienced these kinds of negotiations and persuasions by individual states, organisations, or individuals in the past and are used to them. Additionally, Deputy Minister U Moe Zaw Oo cautioned that without significant pressure and measures, not only would nothing be accomplished, but the military council might be able to take advantage of those efforts.

Recently, former United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon led a small delegation, including an official of Thailand government, to visit Myanmar and meet the leader of the terrorist military council.

Thailand has also initiated a dialogue called Track 1.5 to discuss the current situations in Myanmar and explore potential solutions to the crisis, and the second session of Track 1.5 was said to have been held last week in India, comprising senior officials and representatives from think-tanks of the ASEAN members and dialogue partners who share common borders with Myanmar, as a follow-up to the first session that was held in Bangkok las month.

5. The MOHA-NUG burned drugs that were seized in Kawlin District

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration of the National Unity Government announced on April 24 that the People’s Security Groups (PaLaHpa) had seized drugs in the townships of Kawlin District and burned and destroyed them prior to the trials on April 23.

The seized drugs include 207.03 grams of heroin with a current value worth 862,500 Kyats, 1.644 kilograms of opium with a current value worth 5,100,000 Kyats, 1859 tablets of ATS (Amphetamine Type Stimulant) with a current value worth 18,590,000 Kyats, and already filed drugs; 7.21 grams of heroin with a current value worth 300,375,000 Kyats, 0.12 gram of opium with a current value worth 150,000 Kyats, and 34.1 grams of ATS with a current value worth 341,000 Kyats.

The National Unity Government has been prosecuting those involved in drug trafficking in the townships and districts inside the special administrative regions in accordance with the laws.

6. The people’s defense forces rescued 15 civilians who were trapped between the junta columns in Wetlet Township

The people’s defense forces rescued 15 civilians who were trapped between the junta columns in Wetlet Township, Sagaing Division.

The GZ Special Task Force (Wetlet) announced on April 25 that they intercepted the junta column that had torched and burned down Aung Chan Thar village and Bin Tae Kone village as follows:

“On April 24, a military column with about 100 troops who had burned down Aung Chan Thar village and Bin Tae Kone village left Thakhut Taw village for Hladaw village, and we intercepted and attacked them when they arrived between Ta Kaung Min village and Pin Zin village. We were able to rescue 15 civilians who were trapped between the military columns.”

The operation was said to have been carried out by the Scorpion Squadron of the GZ Special Task Force (Wetlet) in cooperation with the local defense groups, and damage on the enemy side is yet unknown.

7. Prize money for Tu Mee Lottery (Chin Digital Lottery) Week 12 has increased to $850

On April 25, the Tu Mee Lottery (Chin Digital Lottery), an initiative by the Chin Relief Funding Program (CRFP), announced an increase in prize money for Tu Mee Lottery Week 12 as follows:

“The Tu Mee Lottery Week 12 prize money has increased to $850. Let’s continue to contribute to support CDF-Kanpetlet. If you want to buy tickets for the lottery, you can ask via Facebook Messenger. You don’t need to create an account anymore.”

Tu Mee lottery tickets are sold for 12,500 Kyats per ticket, and it is said that all funds received from the Tu Mee lottery for Week 12 will be used to support the Chinland Defence Force-Kanpelet (CDF-Kanpetlet).  The CDF-Kanpetlet is facing many hardships, such as providing food for more than 400 comrades, equipping them with weapons, and replenishing ammunition.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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