Spring Revolution Local News – May 16 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. Union Minister U Aung Myo Min arrives in New Zealand’s capital Wellington and meets with the Myanmar people

The NUG Representative Office (Australia) issued a press release on May 16 that U Aung Myo Min, Union Minister for Human Rights of the National Unity Government, arrived in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, and met with the Myanmar people.

The Union Minister said on social media, “The warmth of the people fighting in the Spring Revolution wherever I go gives me strength. I will continue to work hard with the strength of the people.”

Union Minister U Aung Myo Min arrived in Wellington on the afternoon of May 15 according to an invitation, and the Myanmar people in Wellington warmly welcomed him upon his arrival at the airport. In the evening, The Union Minister had a warm meeting with Myanmar diaspora families at the Freedom Church Hall in Porirua, where they also participated in a dialogue session and had dinner together.

2. NUG’s Deputy Minister U Maw Htun Aung urges people to help with the needs of people affected by Cyclone Mocha

On May 15, Deputy Minister U Maw Htun Aung requested the populace to assist Cyclone Mocha victims and listed potential hazards and supplies that might be required.

U Maw Htun Aung said that in the short term, “the need for clean water, medicine, food, and temporary shelter may increase immediately” and urged people to help with “water purification tablets, water purifier machines, water bottles, emergency food and hygiene supplies, fuel for vehicles, solar charging systems, temporary structures and emergency equipment, first aid medicine for basic health care, salts and antidiarrheal medicines, and internet data.”

He went on to state that in the medium term, “damage to infrastructure (roads, bridges, communications, clean water systems), damage to farms, livestock, and livelihoods, and children’s, youth’s, and women’s education, health, and employment opportunities may be affected.” He said that those effects may lead to child labour, human trafficking, and domestic violence and advised arranging programmes such as “child care, psychosocial support, seeking local residents to volunteer to restore the damaged ports, roads, wells, lakes, and schools in their towns and villages in exchange for rations or payment, and supplies of inputs and equipment for agriculture and livestock in the areas.”

Finally, the Deputy Minister stated that in the long term, population changes and mass migration may occur, which can have a big impact on the revolution. In order to prevent chronic effects in advance, based on the lessons learned from cyclones Nargis and Giri, the Deputy Minister advised charitable organisations and local donors to work in conjunction with local organisations in the respective areas in order to avoid duplication or missing something to assist them with the short, medium, and long-term measures.

According to recent reports, a total of 18 people died in Rakhine, Shan, Ayeyarwady, Mandalay, Sagaing, Magway, and Yangon Regions due to the aftermath of Cyclone Mocha, and there were also injured and sick people.

According to the statistics obtained as of May 15, in Rakhine State, famous places such as Mahamuni Buddhist Temple in Kyauk Taw and Sittwe scenic roads and tens of thousands of houses have been damaged.

3. The National Unity Government is coordinating with international organisations as well as township people’s administration bodies (Pa-Ah-Fa) and people’s defence groups (Pa-Ka-Fa) to provide relief and assistance in the aftermath of Cyclone Mocha

U Kyaw Zaw, the spokesperson of the office of the Acting President, said in response to Radio NUG that the National Unity Government is linking up with international organisations as well as township people’s administration bodies (Pa-Ah-Fa) and people’s defence groups (Pa-Ka-Fa) to provide relief and assistance in the aftermath of Cyclone Mocha.

U Kyaw Zaw said: “As of right now, our ministries have already begun relief programs in the wake of Cyclone Mocha. We are linking with the people’s administrative bodies, civil societies in the regions, and international organisations. We are providing aid in collaborating with regional organisations, such as the CNF in Chin State and the Arakan Heritage Foundation in Rakhine State. In Sagaing, Magway, and Mandalay Regions, we are providing help through our administrative mechanisms, such as ground staff, and CDMers, via township people’s defence groups (Pa-Ka-Fa) and people’s administrative bodies (Pa-Ah-Fa). The National Unity Government held a special emergency meeting before the storm hit and set up an initial US$1 million emergency response fund to help these affected people. We have also received donations from the public, and we are processing those donations in the storm-affected areas, dividing them according to need. I would like to say that we are working to provide assistance.”

The National Unity Government has announced that it has started spending an initial grant of 56,450,000 MMK for the emergency response to Cyclone Mocha.

Due to the subsequent events related to Cyclone Mocha, there were a total of 18 deaths in Rakhine, Shan, Ayeyarwady, Mandalay, Sagaing, Magway, and Yangon Regions, as well as injured and sick people, according to recent reports.

4. Populist Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday will be celebrated at Flatiron Public Plaza, New York

Populist Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday will be celebrated at Flatiron Public Plaza, New York, and U Nay Tin Myint, the executive of the New York City Burmese Community (NYCBC), which will lead the celebration, said: “We arranged to celebrate Populist Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday on the coming June 18 (Sunday) in New York City. Our populist leader, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is being unjustly detained by the terrorist military regime, and her human rights are being lost. She was detained by unjust laws. In order to let the people as well as governments of the world’s countries know this, we, the Myanmar diasporas around the world who love and respect her, will celebrate her birthday without her, her birthday that she can’t celebrate, on her behalf. Moreover, we also aim for the international governments to strongly condemn the lawless acts of the terrorist military regime and to provide support to the people of Myanmar. We have drawn a lot of plans for that event. We have invited our ethnic brothers and sisters from other states close to New York City, and we have also invited special guests in order to make this event known to all international governments.”

Heads of State, including State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, have been arrested by the terrorist regime since they seized power on February 1, 2021.

5. No. 2 Battalion Magway District of the People’s Defence Force issued a warning to the junta appointed village/ward administrators and clerks of Yenangyaung Township to move out of the township as soon as possible

No. 2 Battalion Magway District of the People’s Defence Force issued a warning statement on May 16 to the junta appointed village/ward administrators and clerks of Yenangyaung Township to move out of the township as soon as possible.

According to the statement, all the relevant village or ward administrators working under the junta in Yenangyaung Township, Magway Division, have been given one final warning to resign and leave as soon as possible.

Village or ward administrators working under the junta act as junta informants in townships and villages and do injustice, such as abusing their authority to treat people improperly. Therefore, the people’s defence forces have issued repeated warning notices for them to resign and leave.

6. The revolutionary forces attacked the junta troops invading Kani Township amidst the cyclone, killing 8 junta soldiers, including a lieutenant

On May 15, Kani revolutionary forces reported the military news that eight junta soldiers, including a lieutenant, were killed when a junta column invading Kani Township, Sagaing Division, amidst the cyclone was attacked.

The combined junta column, containing about 200 junta soldiers and Pyu Saw Htee members, invaded the areas in Kani Township, where they assumed the revolutionary forces were located, to clear the territory, and it was learned that they had made a detailed investigation for three months before the invasion.

7. Raffle ticket campaign “Together We Win (Nway Oo Lel Ku-Su Lel Yu)” winners will be given Treasury bonds and valuables, including Spring Inya Condo and affordable housing units

The winners of the raffle ticket campaign “Together We Win (Nway Oo Lel Ku-Su Lel Yu)” will be given Treasury bonds and valuables, including Spring Inya Condo and affordable housing units, according to the campaign organisers.

The campaign is organised by international fundraisers with the support of the CRPH-OFP and will run for 30 days, from May 13 to June 11.

Each raffle ticket costs USD 20, and with each one, a Spring Lottery (NUG Lottery) ticket, the revenues of which go towards supporting CDM heroes, will be given as a gift.

The prizes of the raffle include one Inya Condo 1B+ unit, one Spring Bliss 1B unit, three Treasury Bonds worth USD 100 each, three InyaView shares, 100,000 DMMK (NUGPay), a thick gold diamond ring worth USD 4,000, and a pair of emerald earrings worth USD 1,600.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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