Spring Revolution Local News – May 17 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. Acting President Duwa Lashi La says that more efforts must be made in the rehabilitation and reconstruction sectors for the areas affected by Cyclone Mocha

In the Encouraging Speech on May 17 to the people who are facing Cyclone Mocha by the Acting President of the National Unity Government, Acting President Duwa Lashi La stated that everyone must make more efforts in the rehabilitation and reconstruction sectors for the areas affected by Cyclone Mocha.

“According to the confirmed reports received so far, more than 430 people have died as a result of Cyclone Mocha. I am deeply saddened to hear that many Rohingya people in the Rohingya refugee camp died, though they shouldn’t have died. I have also learned that more than 60 percent of Rakhine State has been damaged by the storm, and I am aware that we all have to make more efforts in the rehabilitation and reconstruction sectors,” stated the Acting President.

According to the NUG, food and drinking water are needed for about one million people affected by Cyclone Mocha. Additionally, it was noted that as of May 16, there were 435 fatalities in seven States and Divisions, in addition to the missing persons.

2. Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khine Thann says that the National Unity Government will continue marching unceasingly to demolish the terrorist military council 

Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khine Thann included the following in his address at the Cabinet Meeting (19/2023) of the National Unity Government held on May 16:

“Our government will continue marching forward unceasingly with the strength of the people and the strength of the powerful revolutionary alliances in order to completely demolish the terrorist military. During more than two years of revolution, we have come a long way since we have been moving forward with the participation of people mentally and physically, the selfless courage of the PDF members and their brave standing in front of the people, and the strong stance of the CDMers to make the military council administration system sway and fall, as well as the collaboration of the alliance EROs. Therefore, it is very important for us to value our existing strengths as well.”

The National Unity Government announced the start of the People’s Defensive Revolution on September 7, 2021. The military pace is accelerating at the present, and the NUG has designated 2023 as the decisive year for the end.

3. The National Unity Government is practising the policy of “No Impunity” in handling the suspected sexual assault cases, and the Ministry of Home Affairs is investigating the case

In an interview in May, Naw Susanna Hla Hla Soe, Union Minister for Ministry of Women, Youths and Children Affairs (MoWYCA) of the National Unity Government (NUG), asserted that the National Unity Government is practising the policy of “No Impunity” in handling the suspected sexual assault cases, and the Ministry of Home Affairs is investigating the case.

“The rumours that the suspect escaped or was released because he is an NLD member are just speculations. We operate under a fair system that does not discriminate and treats everyone fairly. We will not be biassed in showing mercy to the suspect in this instance. There are people who want the government to consider being merciful and lowering his sentence, and there is also public opinion that he was released because he is a NLD member. People may have biases on different sides. However, we cannot be biassed. Since we are a government, we must stand by our own laws and policies. Our policy is ‘No Tolerance for Sexual Violence’. We do not condone sexual assault at all. We only practise the ‘No Impunity’ policy,” Union Minister Naw Susanna Hla Hla Soe clarified regarding rumours.

A complaint letter was addressed to the NUG’s Ministry of Women, Youths and Children Affairs, alleging that the 5-year-old daughter of a CDM education personnel who took refuge in the Thai border town of Mae Sot after fleeing Myanmar was sexually abused.

The case is currently being investigated by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.

4. NUG Deputy Minister of Defence attends the second anniversary celebration of the establishment of the PDF (Kayan Township)

Naing Kaung Ywut, Deputy Minister of Defence of the National Unity Government, attended and addressed an opening speech at the second anniversary celebration of the establishment of the PDF (Kayan Township) on May 15.

“The ceremony for the second anniversary of the establishment of the Kayan Township People’s Defence Force (PDF-Kayan) was held on May 15, 2023. The members of the PDF-Kayan attended the ceremony with a military parade. Deputy Minister of Defence Naing Kaung Ywut delivered an opening speech, and CRPH secretary member Daw Phyu Phyu Thin gave a memorial speech at the event,” the PDF-Kayan announced.

At the ceremony, a report of the group’s revolutionary accomplishments over the previous two years was presented, the People’s Defence Groups (Pa-Ka-Fa) in Yangon Division representative addressed the audience, and felicitation letters sent to the group’s second anniversary were read.

5. No. 2 Battalion of the Magway District PDF bans the sale of military products in Yenangyaung Township

The No. 2 Battalion of the Magway District PDF issued Statement No. 9/2023 on May 16, prohibiting the sale of military products in Yenangyaung Township.

According to the statement, it is said that the sale of products related to the terrorist military, such as Army Rum, Myanmar Beer, Dagon Beer, Mytel SIM cards, and top-up cards, is prohibited.

No. 2 Battalion of the Magway District PDF said that if it is found to import and sell these products, proper action will be taken.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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