Spring Revolution Local News – May 20 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. The Union Prime Minister says that success of the Spring Revolution is at hand

Union Prime Minister Mahn Win Khaing Thann remarked the following at the meeting between the Interim Local Administrative Central Committee (ILACC) and representatives from townships affected by Cyclone Mocha on May 19:

“We always have ourselves. It has been more than two years since we have faced the terrorist military that has seized power illegally. The perseverance and bravery of the people of our country have been recorded in the history of the world. Let’s continue to overcome any kind of disaster with our collective strength. I would like to say from here that success is at hand for all of us who are overcoming man-made and natural disasters with such a strong spirit.”

The Spring Revolution against the military dictatorship has passed its two-year period and is accelerating its military pace in 2023.

2. NUG’s Deputy Minister U Maw Htun Aung says that if Sagaing and Tanintharyi regions are completely under control, ties with neighbouring countries are expected to increase 

U Maw Htun Aung, a Deputy Minister of the National Unity Government, said that if Sagaing and Tanintharyi regions are completely under control, ties with neighbouring countries are expected to increase.

“If it is moving, momentum will surely be gradually gained. This is the outcome of the collective efforts of all Treasury bond, NUG lottery, land plot, and condominium project supporters, as well as PDF supporters. Everyone may also know that if Sagaing and Tanintharyi can be completely controlled, the neighbours will take a look at us,” Deputy Minister U Maw Htun Aung said.

Neighbouring countries such as China and Thailand have diplomatic and economic relations with the junta.

3. The National Unity Government urges the public to build bunkers mandatorily in order to protect themselves from air strikes and hide in emergency situations

On May 20, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MOHADM) of the National Unity Government (NUG) urged the mandatory building of bunkers in order to protect against the threats of air strikes and to hide in emergency situations.

It states, “The terrorist military is trying to oppress the civilians with air strikes since its ground forces are losing against people’s defence forces. The military council treats the unarmed civilians as enemies and is targeting schools and homes belonging to the public with air strikes. We would like to urge the public to build underground bunkers mandatorily in order to protect themselves from the threats of heavy weapons and air strikes.”

The NUG-MOHADM has spent 119 billion MMK to build 798 underground bunkers in the interim education schools.

4. More than 240,000 people in the Sagaing and Magway Divisions who are affected by flooding brought in by Cyclone Mocha are in need of emergency shelter and food

The following data on cyclone damage and needs was provided in the meeting minutes of the May 19 coordination meeting between the Interim Local Administrative Central Committee (ILACC) and representatives from townships affected by Cyclone Mocha:

Due to the Cyclone Mocha, 42,527 acres of cultivated crops (rice, green gram, black gram, and sesame) were destroyed by flooding in 4 townships of Sagaing and Magway Divisions, and 2,346 animals (cattle, sheep, and goats) were killed in 9 townships in Sagaing and Magway.

49 houses in 13 townships of Sagaing Division and 91 houses in 11 townships of Magway Division were reportedly destroyed by the cyclone, and 245,951 people in Sagaing and Magway Divisions were affected by the cyclone and are in need of emergency shelter and food.

According to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, as of May 19, the National Unity Government has provided a total of 84,857,000 MMK worth of emergency humanitarian aid for Cyclone Mocha victims in Rakhine State, Chin State, Cox’s Bazar Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, Sagaing Division, Magway Division, and Yangon Division, with 35,157,000 MMK support for Sagaing and Magway Divisions.

The meeting was chaired by the Chairman of the ILACC, Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khing Thann, and attended by members of the ILACC (Union Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, and relevant officials) and ground representatives.

5. 15 villages in Salingyi Township were affected by Cyclone Mocha

On May 20, the Salingyi Township People’s Administrative Group (Pa-Ah-Fa) reported that 15 villages in Salingyi Township were affected by Cyclone Mocha and flooding brought in by Cyclone Mocha.

The report stated, “A total of 15 villages in Salingyi Township, 12 villages along South Yamar Creek and 3 villages along North Yamar Creek, were affected by Cyclone Mocha and flooding brought in by Cyclone Mocha.”

The Salingyi Township People’s Defence Group (Pa-Ka-Fa) is visiting on the ground, collecting the list of damages, and providing support to the needy in the Township, according to the report.

6. The junta troops destroy the road connecting Kin Mum Chaung village and Saung Naing Gyi village at the foot of Kyaik Htee Yoe Pagoda

According to revolutionary groups, on May 18 at around 5:30 p.m., the terrorist military forces fired an artillery shell at Saung Naing Gyi village before destroying the road connecting Kin Mum Chaung village and Saung Naing Gyi village at the foot of Kyaik Htee Yoe Pagoda to a depth of six feet by using backhoes at around 7:00 p.m.

It was reported that vehicles or motorcycles are no longer able to travel on the road since it has been severely damaged.

7. About 100 Burmese people rally in a protest in Hiroshima, Japan, where the Group of Seven (G7) summit is being convened

It is reported that on May 19, about 100 Burmese people residing in Japan rallied in a protest in Hiroshima, Japan, in support of the Burmese people, coinciding with the Group of Seven (G7) summit, which started on the same day.

The G7 summit will take place from May 19 to May 21, and the issue of Myanmar is expected to be discussed.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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