Spring Revolution Local News – May 06 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. The Acting President claims that the terrorist junta has not been granted the sovereignty that ­­­­solely belongs to the people

In his address commemorating the second anniversary of the People’s Defence Force’s (PDF) establishment on May 5, Acting President Duwa Lashi La made the following clear to the international community:

“I would like to make the United Nations and the international community clear. The sovereignty of the Union of Myanmar belongs only to the people of Myanmar. To protect that sovereignty, the People’s Defence Force (PDF) has been firmly established. The terrorist military council [the SAC] has not been granted this sovereignty at all. I would like to make it clear that only the National Unity Government, which represents the sovereignty of the people, be officially recognised and engaged with.”

On February 1, 2021, the military unjustly seized state power and detained the heads of state and pro-democracy activists.

2. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun states at the United Nations that the military is disrespecting and ignoring the demands of the Security Council

U Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the UN, stated the following at the UN Security Council High Level Open Debate on “Futureproofing Trust for Sustaining Peace”:

“Every single call of the Security Council has been disrespected and ignored by the military junta. Instead, the junta has lawlessly killed over 3,400 people and committed 66 massacres of civilians during this period. The latest large-scale massacre was the heinous targeted aerial attack on a civilian gathering in Pazigyi village on 11 April 11, which killed nearly 200 civilians, including women and children as young as a 6-month-old baby. It clearly constitutes a crime against humanity and a war crime. In total disregard for the Council’s demand for an immediate end to all forms of violence in its resolution 2669, the junta’s widespread and coordinated attacks against the people of Myanmar continue unabated with much more cruelty.”

The Ambassador also questioned the UN Security Council about what the people of Myanmar could expect from it to save their lives.

3. The KNU Congress affirms its commitment to continue fighting against the military dictatorship in collaboration with other democratic and ethnic revolutionary groups

In a statement following its 17th Congress on May 6, the Karen National Union (KNU) affirmed its commitment to continue fighting against the military dictatorship in collaboration with other democratic and ethnic revolutionary groups.

“The Karen National Union (KNU) declares that it will cooperate with ethnic revolutionary groups, democratic groups, and individuals from diverse backgrounds, who are fighting against chauvinism and military dictatorship for the emergence of a federal democratic union based on the principles of democracy, equality, and self-determination,” said the statement.

The 17th Congress of the Karen National Union (KNU) was held online from April 24 to May 4, 2023, at the KNU Headquarters and various congress halls.

4. The PDF-allied forces ambushed junta ambush patrols that were providing security for a military convoy that was to travel from Kyaikto to Bilin, claiming the deaths of three junta soldiers

On May 5 at 9:08 p.m., the allied forces of the People’s Defence Force (PDF) used mines to attack the military’s ambush patrols that were taking security for a military convoy that was to pass through the Yangon-Mawlamyine Road to travel from Kyaikto to Bilin, killing three junta soldiers and injuring three others, according to the reports.

According to reports, the military’s ambush patrols fired at least 15 artillery shells at Ahlu village at 8:11 p.m. before they were mined by PDF-allied forces, and the junta soldiers were silent for about 20 minutes before a military column from Winn Pyan village fired artillery shells indiscriminately.

5. The junta soldiers stormed the villages in Chaung-U Township late at night and used a six-wheel truck to loot civilians’ belongings

According to local news sources, the terrorist military troops continued to rampage through villages in Chaung-U Township after rampaging the villages in Sagaing Township in the last week of April, killing residents, looting residents’ belongings, and burning houses.

Local news sources reported about the raiding of the terrorist military column in Kyi Kone village in Chaung-U Township on May 5, at 8:00 p.m.: “On the night of May 5, terrorist military council troops stormed Kyi Kone village in Chaung-U Township while shooting indiscriminately, looted residents’ belongings, and took them away in a 6-wheeler.”

Similarly, locals also reported, “On May 6, the military council troops that came out of Nat Yae Kan village in Chaung-U Township raided Let Htoke Taw village in Myinmu Township at about 8:55 a.m. and burned down houses starting from the northern part of the village.”

The terrorist military and its affiliates have burned down more than 60,000 homes across the country and killed more than 3,000 civilians since the military coup.

6. The junta’s air force bombed Lann Kaw village in Pekhon Township, destroying the church as well as civilian houses

According to the Union of Karenni State Youth (UKSY), the military launched an air strike on Lann Kaw village in Pekhon Township at about 4:00 a.m. on May 6, destroying the church as well as civilian houses.

“It is a deliberate targeting of non-combat areas. It is a blatant war crime. It has been learned that the villagers are hiding in the nearby forest,” said Joint Secretary 1 of the UKSY.

In 2023, the military council increased its airstrikes, but they targeted civilians.

7. A terrorist military column with about 60 soldiers that was advancing from Tadar-U village in Madaya Township was attacked by drone as part of Operation Shwe Yar Myay, killing one and injuring the other two

On May 6, the Pwin Oo Lwin District People’s Defence Organisation (Pa-Ka-Fa) issued the following information:

“On May 6, as part of Operation Shwe Yar Myay, we used a drone to launch a grenade against a terrorist military column with about 60 infantry troops that advanced from Tadar-U village in Madaya Township when they arrived in Oak Tike village. It has been confirmed that the grenade landed near the house where the military council troops were stationed, and as a result, one soldier was killed and two others were wounded.”

The operation was said to have been carried out jointly by the Mahar Force (Pwin Oo Lwin Pa-Ka-Fa), the Taike Theim Underground Revolutionary Force, and the Peacock Soldiers Force (Pwin Oo Lwin Pa-Ka-Fa).

8. The tenth campaign of NUGPay’s “For Our People” to provide support for PDF battalions in Nay Pyi Taw, the Kayah Region Military Command, and Southern Shan State has started

On May 5, the NUGPay family announced the start of the tenth campaign in the “For Our People” program with the theme “Mad enemies surrounded by fire, when is Nay Pyi Taw?”

“The NUGPay will join with the people in the tenth campaign in the ‘For Our People’ program. The donations raised through the tenth campaign will be used to support the PDF battalions in Nay Pyi Taw, the Kayah Region Military Command, and Southern Shan State. The donations will be collected from May 5 through May 25, 2023, after which they will be delivered to the ground forces,” the NUGPay stated.

The eighth campaign of NUGPay’s “For Our People” program, namely “Battle of Sagaing, Victory for Independence,” had received a total of 23 million kyats, and it had already been donated to the ten revolutionary resistance forces in the Sagaing Region. Similarly, its ninth campaign, “Tagu Battle to Our Victory,” received a total of 6 million kyats, which were donated to the four revolutionary resistance forces in the southern region.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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