Spring Revolution Local News – May 07 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. Acting President Duwa Lashi La urges people to be fully aware of security amid the escalating resistance war

In his address commemorating the second anniversary of the People’s Defence Force’s (PDF) establishment on May 5, Acting President Duwa Lashi La urged the people: “We implore the people of the country to be fully aware of their security in the war of resistance that is about to increase in speed, support the People’s Defence Force (PDF) with finance and manpower, contribute information and ideas, and collaborate.”

The National Unity Government announced the start of the People’s Defensive War on September 7, 2021. In two years, the People’s Defence Force (PDF) along with allied ethnic resistance organizations had wiped out at least 30,000 junta soldiers and injured over 10,000 others.

2. The National Unity Government (NUG) seeks to enhance the already established alliance between the NUG and the Karen National Union (KNU)

On May 6, the National Unity Government (NUG) sent a felicitation statement on the successful completion of the 17th Congress of the Karen National Union (KNU).

The NUG wishes the newly elected leaders who have been entrusted with the task of handing over the historical responsibility of the KNU, which has had a great history of revolution since its inception until today, will be able to take the lead with a healthy body, mind and heart in order to achieve the goal of the KNU.

The NUG also expresses its hope to continue to work together with collective leadership to end the military dictatorship and build a federal democratic union based on equality and self-determination by strengthening the alliance relationship that has already been established between the National Unity Government and the Karen National Union.

3. The 14th Citizen of Burma Award was awarded to Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, who led and represented the public servants who take part in the CDM in the middle of the world

Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations, was named the 14th recipient of the “Citizen of Burma Award” on May 6. The “Citizen of Burma Award” is a US-based organisation of Burmese-Americans, and the award has been given annually since 2010.

U Kyaw Wunna, the founder of the Citizen of Burma Award, told Radio NUG about the selection and decision for the 14th Citizen of Burma Award:

“In line with the goals of our Citizen of Burma Award (CoBA), which is to appreciate, honour and support the good citizens in the political and social fields who are contributing for the country in the midst of difficulties, we awarded them with the Citizen of Burma Award. We aimed to highlight the difference between the awards that are given based on the interests of the military group and the honours that should be the real standard for human society. That’s why this year we honoured U Kyaw Moe Tun, a CDM public servant, to honour all the public servants who took part in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and fought against the military dictatorship from the front line of the Spring Revolution.”

(((((   U Kyaw Wunna, the founder of the Citizen of Burma Award   )))))

An awards ceremony for the Citizen of Burma Award will be held at the Performing Arts Centre in Baldwin Park, California, on May 21, 2023, hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Citizen of Burma Award.

4. A total of 273 civilians were killed by the military council in April 2023, with Sagaing having the highest death toll

On May 5, the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Justice (MOJ-NUG) made public a compilation of records detailing the destruction of homes, the murder of civilians, the unjust detention of citizens, and injuries done to civilians by the military council in April 2023.

According to the statement by the MOJ-NUG, the military council killed 273 civilians in April 2023, with 212 in Sagaing Region, of whom 41 were children and 2 were individuals with disabilities. In April 2023, the military council burned 3,861 homes and buildings, 1,943 of which were in Sagaing and 266 in Magway.

The statement stated that the Law Enforcement and Transitional Justice Department of the Ministry of Justice is compiling records of war crimes, human rights violations, genocidal killings, arson of civilian housing and buildings, illegal confiscation of people’s belongings committed by the military authorities, as well as unlawful torture and abuse of people and all kinds of illegal violations happening between civilians.

Meanwhile, the ministry is stated to have been carrying out the processes of finding the truth about illegal human rights violations, achieving justice, rebuilding, and institutional reform to prevent the recurrence of various illegal incidents.

5. A drone attack was launched on the military council soldiers who came out of the Kyauk Yit Police Station in Myaung Township

On May 7, the Myaung Special People’s Defence Force (MSPDF), the No. 4 PDF Battalion of Sagaing District, released information about the attack on the Kyauk Yit Police Station as follows:

“On May 6, at around 3:30 p.m., the No. 4 PDF Battalion of Sagaing District (MSPDF), joined with the allied forces, used a custom drone with a 3 kg payload capacity to attack the military council soldiers who came out of the Kyauk Yit Police Station in Myaung Township when they arrived near a cemetery west of Thanat Know village.”

The military council soldiers may end up being affected, and it was still under investigation, said the MSPDF.

The No. 4 PDF Battalion of Sagaing District (MSPDF), the western combat squad 001 of the Civil Defense and Security Organization Myaung (CDSOM 001), the No. 8 PDF Battalion of Myingyan District (NRDF), and the Nos. 14 and 15 PDF Battalions of the Yin Mar Bin District were said to have collaborated on the attack.

6. PDF-KNLA allied forces used heavy weapons to attack the 44th Infantry Division Headquarters in Kyaikto, killing three members of junta forces

On May 7, the Kyaikhto Revolution Force (KRF) released a mission report regarding its attack on the 44th Infantry Division Headquarters.

It stated, “On May 6, the KRF, the KNLA, and Kyaikhto Pa-Ka-Fa joined forces to attack the headquarters of the 44th Infantry Division with heavy weapons, which resulted in the deaths of three members of the military council forces and the injury of one.”

On May 6, the KRF and its allied resistance groups also conducted other simultaneous attacks on two police stations—Winka Police Station and Taungsun Police Station—in Bilin Township, Mon State.

#Credit : Radio NUG


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