Spring Revolution Local News – May 15 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. Union Ministers Dr. Zaw Wai Soe and U Htin Linn Aung will attend the presentation of the “Citizen of Burma Award” to Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun

The presentation ceremony for the 14th Citizen of Burma Award will be held at the Performing Arts Centre in Baldwin Park, California, on May 21, 2023.

It was learned that Union Ministers Dr. Zaw Wai Soe and U Htin Linn Aung will attend the presentation of the “Citizen of Burma Award” to Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun and will also have a community meeting with Burmese people from Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“The presentation ceremony of the ‘Citizen of Burma Award’ which will be held on May 21 in LA, will be attended by U Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations, Union Ministers of the National Unity Government, Dr. Zaw Wai Soe, and U Htin Linn Aung. The award ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). It will be live streamed from the Citizen of Burma Award Facebook page,” said U Kyaw Wunna of the Citizen of Burma Award organisation.

Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, who represented the public servants who take part in the CDM in the middle of the world, was awarded the 14th Citizen of Burma Award as a mark of honouring 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.

2. Union Minister Dr. Zaw Wai Soe says that the revolutionary alliances have gained control of the territories, and even cultivating has begun

During a revolutionary talk in May, Union Minister Dr. Zaw Wai Soe remarked the following about the acquisition of controlled territories:

“We didn’t gain this many territorial controls in the past. Now, we have more territorial control. The revolutionary comrades are even doing agriculture. How can we farm if we don’t have control over the land? This is not just in the Yaw region, but also in the Sagaing, Pinlebu, and Karenni regions. As for Karenni, it is no longer owned by the military council.”

The revolution alliances and ethnic resistance organisations have been able to provide electricity to about 10,000 households in the controlled territories, and education and health care services are also being provided.

3. NUG’s Union Minister for Human Rights, U Aung Myo Min, who arrived in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland State, Australia, meets with Burmese diaspora organisations in Queensland

According to the press release by the NUG Representative Office (Australia), Union Minister for Human Rights U Aung Myo Min, who is on his work trip to Australia, and Deputy Minister for Human Rights Khun Baham Htan arrived in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland State, Australia, at the invitation of the CRPH/NUG Support Group (Queensland). The Union Minister and Deputy Minister met with representatives of the CRPH/NUG Support Group (Queensland), Chairman of the Chin Community Council, Queensland (CCCQ), President of the Australian Karen Organisation (Queensland Chapter), President and Executive Members of Karenni Organisation Queensland, President and Secretaries of Rohingya Community Queensland, the youth representative of the Queensland Myanmar Youth Community (QMYC), as well as some dignitaries of the Brisbane Myanmar community, at a closed-door meeting on the afternoon of May 14.

“The local community leaders had a friendly meeting with the ministers and exchanged views openly on the current situation of the Spring Revolution, the position and the activities being carried out by the NUG and the Ministry of Human Rights,” noted the NUG Representative Office (Australia).

4. In the last two years, the CDF-Kanpetlet has eliminated about 200 members of military council forces

In May, on its second anniversary, the Chinland Defence Force-Kanpetlet (CDF-Kanpetlet) released a military report within the last two years.

“Within two years, at least 100 battles took place between the Chinland Defence Force-Kanpetlet and the military council forces, and about 200 members of the military council forces were eliminated, while 12 members of the Chinland Defence Force-Kanpetlet fell in the battles,” stated the CDF-Kanpetlet in its report.

The report stated that the military council forces also unjustly arrested and killed six civilians from Kanpetlet Township. The CDF-Kanpetlet pledged to “fight hard until the goal is realised while collaborating with other revolutionary forces and alliances.”

5. In Tanintharyi Township, about 5,000 people are still unable to return home due to the advances and raids by the military council columns

According to the Dawna-Tanintharyi Refugee Support Group, about 5,000 people in Tanintharyi Township are still fleeing war due to the advances and raids by the military council columns.

“Tanintharyi Township of Myeik District, where martial law has been declared, has seen frequent battles between the People’s Defence Forces and the military council forces, and it has become a township with a large number of IDPs. According to ground data obtained last April, there are still about 5,000 people fleeing war in Tanintharyi Township due to incursions by the military council force,” the Dawna-Tanintharyi Refugee Support Group stated.

The Dawna-Tanintharyi Refugee Support Group urged people to provide humanitarian support to those displaced by war.

6. A total of 154 people have been sentenced to death, including 42 who have been sentenced in absentia

On May 12, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) released a briefing in relation to the military coup which reported: “There are a total of (112) post-coup death row prisoners as of May 12, 2023. (121) people have been sentenced in absentia, of whom (42) have been sentenced to death. This makes a total of (154) people who have been sentenced to death.”

Since the military coup on February 1, 2012, as of May 12, 2023, a total of 22,211 people have been arrested; 17,918 of them are still under detention, and 5,893 of those detained have been sentenced to prison, according to AAPP.

7. To make the world aware that the issue of Myanmar is a global issue, the Myanmar democracy forces abroad will hold protests around the world during the G7 Summit in Japan

On May 14, the Myanmar Community in Italy announced that Myanmar democracy forces abroad will hold protests around the world on May 19, 20, and 21 during the G7 Summit in Japan and that the Myanmar community in Italy will also hold a protest in Rome on May 21.

“On the 19th, 20th, and 21st of May, the G7 Summit of the world’s top seven countries and the EU will take place in Hiroshima, Japan. On those days, Myanmar democracy forces around the world will, representing all the people at home who are suffering and losing democracy and human rights, come together to call attention to the fact that the issue of Myanmar is a global issue. Burmese people in Italy, together with the Italy-Burma Friendship Association (Giuseppe Malpeli) and people at home and abroad, will also hold a protest in Rome on May 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.,” the Myanmar Community in Italy stated.

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