Spring Revolution Local News – Apr 30 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. NUG’s Union Minister Dr. Zaw Wai Soe says that the liberation of the Karenni Region is crucial for the revolution, as is the liberation of Myanmar

Dr. Zaw Wai Soe, Union Minister of the Ministry of Education and Health, said the following in a live broadcast regarding his participation in the “Karenni Point 5” fundraising campaign:

“Karenni Point 5 is very important. It is important for the entire revolution. The liberation of the Karenni Region is the liberation of Myanmar. The success of the Karenni is the success of the revolution, so it is crucial. That is why I also participate.”

Karenni is a militarily strategic region as it borders Nay Pyi Taw. In order to make Karenni a liberation region, the “Karenni Point 5” fundraising campaign with a target of US$400,000 is currently underway and will run from April 23 to May 13. The “Karenni Point 5” fundraising campaign is led by KNDF Chairman Khun Bedu in collaboration with the NST, CRPH-OFP Fundraising Program, Bliss in Action, and the Citizen of Burma Award to raise funds to install the strategic Karenni Nationalities Defense Force (KNDF) with browning .50 caliber machine guns.

2. NUG’s Minister of Electricity and Energy says that the terrorist military council is not generous to the people regarding the distribution of electricity

In an interview in April, U Soe Thura Tun, Union Minister of Electricity and Energy, said: “You may have heard that the LNG-generating vessel [owned by Hong Kong-based CNTIC VPower Co. Ltd.] has recently left Myanmar. They [the military council] are not generous to the people; they are attempting to sell Thailand natural gas that must be distributed in Yangon. That’s because what they desperately want is dollars. Like this, they didn’t do what they should have done, so the electricity shortage in Myanmar got worse.”

At the moment, towns and cities in Myanmar, including the major cities Yangon and Mandalay, are experiencing severe power shortages, affecting their daily lives.

3. NUG’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs meets and discusses with former UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon

On April 30, the National Unity Government issued a statement on the meeting of Deputy Foreign Minister U Moe Zaw Oo with former UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

U Moe Zaw Oo, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the National Unity Government, had an online meeting with Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Deputy Chair of the Elders and former UN Secretary-General, on April 27, 2023, three days after Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Myanmar and meeting with the junta leader.

The meeting focused on Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s recent visit to Myanmar as well as exchanged views on ways to effectively address the current crisis facing Myanmar.

In the meeting, the Deputy Minister expressed his appreciation to Mr. Ban Ki-moon for pointing out the “importance of all parties playing a role in securing a lasting solution, including the National Unity Government,” and to “find a path to an end to violence.”

Deputy Minister also raised concern over Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s recent visit to Myanmar, saying that “the junta may seek to exploit this visit for their own advantage” and requesting that “any further visits to Myanmar be made in consultation with important stakeholders, including the NUG.”

Meanwhile, according to the NUG statement, the Deputy Minister also mentioned that the military council has no right to hold elections, and if elections are to be held, they should be held according to a newly drafted constitution that is acceptable to all stakeholders and to all ethnic groups in Myanmar. Furthermore, Deputy Minister called on the international community for more coordinated pressure and sanctions targeting the military junta that failed to abide by the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus and the UN Security Council Resolution 2669.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the two sides reached an agreement to “establish a collaborative working relationship to discuss potential pathways towards resolving the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.”

Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Myanmar on April 23–24, 2023, was at the invitation of the Myanmar military, said the official statement of the Elders.

According to the April 25 statement of the Elders, Mr. Ban Ki-moon warned the junta that elections must only be held when conditions are in place for them to be free and fair and that holding elections under current conditions risks further violence and division and the results not being recognised by the people of Myanmar, ASEAN, and the wider international community.

4. The Mindat Township People’s Administration (PaAHpa) has announced a three-month ban on bird hunting in Mindat Township during the nesting and hatching seasons

On April 29, the Mindat Township People’s Administration (PaAHpa) announced a three-month ban on bird hunting in Mindat Township during the nesting and hatching seasons, from March 2023 to July 2023.

Salai Isaac Khen, executive member of the ICNCC, also said “It is a rule that should be complied with in all townships in Chin State. Let’s comply with it.”

White-browed Nuthatch, a rare bird species across the world that can be seen only in a tiny portion of Myanmar’s southern Chin Hills, is one of more than 100 rare bird species in Chin State.

5. The campaign “Payback for Kanbalu” has raised more than 530 million kyats within 14 days

Min Maw Kunn, an academy award-winning film actor and a pro-democracy activist, stated on April 30 that his campaign “Payback for Kanbalu” was able to raise 533.3 million kyats within 14 days of the campaign period.

“The campaign ‘Payback for Kanbalu’ was successfully completed thanks to the united participation and contributions of Myanmar people all over the world. In 14 days, 533.3 million kyats were received to recover the debts of all the people who were affected by the airstrikes across the country, including the people of Kanbalu, This is just the beginning; we are continuing to work on the remaining programs,” he said.

On April 11, 2023, a total of 168 civilians, the majority of whom were children and women, were killed when the terrorist military launched a brutal air attack on Pazigyi village, Kanbalu Township, Sagaing Division.

6. The Burmese community in the San Francisco Bay Area marks their 100th demonstration protesting against the military coup in Myanmar

On April 29, the Burmese community in the San Francisco Bay Area held their 100th demonstration, protesting against the military coup in Myanmar.

The public demonstration in the San Francisco Bay Area against the military coup in Myanmar, which is led by the Free Burma Action Committee-San Francisco (FBAC), has been held every week since February 2, 2021, the day after the military coup in Myanmar, and it marks its 100th demonstration on April 29, 2023.

Founding members of the FBAC, along with pro-democracy forces, activists, and various Myanmar ethnic groups in Northern California, attended the 100th public demonstration of the San Francisco Bay Area Burmese community.

7. The Spring Inya condominium project raised 6.06 million US dollars within 12 hours of the sale’s beginning

On April 29, the End of Dictatorship (EOD), the initiative of the NUG’s Ministry of Planning, Finance and Investment, announced that its recent housing investment project, Spring Inya condominium, had raised 6.06 million US dollars within 12 hours of the sale’s beginning and expressed its appreciation as follows:

“Within 12 hours of the opening of the Spring Inya condo sales, 6.06 million US dollars’ worth of purchases were made. EOD agents informed us that more buyers are registering and making purchases. We would like to express our appreciation and bow to all revolutionary people who kindly contributed to desperately needed finances during the revolution’s climax.”

The sales of the Spring Inya condominium investment project opened today, April 29. Spring Inya condominium will be constructed on a site next to U Tun Nyein Road, which is part of 30 acres of terrorist military-owned land on Parami Road after confiscating it in accordance with the law and will include three types of condo units: one-bedroom+, two-bedroom+, and three-bedroom+.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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