Spring Revolution Local News – May 24 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. The Acting President says that the National Unity Government has full responsibility to protect the lives and properties of the people

At the meeting of the International Aid Coordination Commission (IACC) held on May 23, Acting President Duwa Lashi La said: “Due to internal political and armed conflicts, all our people are suffering every day. Our National Unity Government has full responsibility to protect the lives and properties of the people and it is making every effort to support the people’s survival as much as it can.”

Within two years of its formation, the National Unity Government had provided 6.6 billion MMK worth of humanitarian assistance to people who were suffering due to the terrorist military council, which included providing food for an average of more than 200,000 IDPs a month.

2. Union Minister Dr. Zaw Wai Soe claims that part of his visit to the United States is to work on improving the education 

At the meeting of NUG Union Ministers and Spring Revolution supporters in San Francisco, United States, held on May 22, Dr. Zaw Wai Soe, Union Minister for Education and Health, stated the following:

“Education is one of the reasons I came to the United States. How we can implement our education and how we can take power from universities around the world. In fact, education is one of the reasons we staged this revolution.”

At the meeting, Dr. Zaw Wai Soe, Union Minister for Education and Health; U Htin Linn Aung, Union Minister for Communications, Information and Technology; and Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the UN, met with the Myanmar people residing in San Francisco who support the Spring Revolution. 500 members of the Myanmar people attended the meeting, and donated a total of $20,000 for the revolution.

3. The United States will provide nearly $17 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Myanmar in response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Mocha

On May 24, the U.S. Embassy in Yangon officially announced that the United States would provide nearly $17 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Myanmar in response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Mocha and that the assistance would be provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to partner organisations operating in the cyclone-affected regions to help provide for emergency shelter, clean water, sanitation, and relief supplies.

The U.S. Embassy also stated that it is critical for aid groups to be permitted to access and provide assistance to those communities most in need.

4. The junta troops torched houses in the eastern part of Magyisu village in Myingyan Township, burning to death an elderly woman

According to a local group named Myingyan Public Action Committee, the military council troops torched houses in the eastern part of Magyisu village in Myingyan Township on May 24 at about 2:00 a.m.

It stated, “On May 24 at about 2:00 a.m., Pyu Saw Htee members from Kyauk Kan village and military council troops arriving in Kyauk Kan village set fire to houses in the eastern part of Magyisu village, resulting in the death of 65-year-old Daw Aye Kyaing.”

In the incident, at least 50 houses in Magyisu village, which has roughly 250 houses, were reportedly destroyed by fire.

5. The intense fighting between the ABSDF and PDF combined forces and the junta forces went on for three days in a row near Ywar Thar Yar village in Indaw Township, and the junta deployed air raids

On May 24, the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) issued a military report: “On May 22, the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) intercepted and attacked the military council forces stationed in Ywar Thar Yar village, situated 12 miles northwest of Indaw Town, and two members of ABSDF were injured in the battle.”

According to the ABSDF, at around 7:00 a.m. on May 23, the ABSDF and PDF allied forces again intercepted a military column comprising more than 200 troops from the 77th Infantry Division and 416th Light Infantry Battalion travelling from Ywar Thar Yar village towards Banmauk, and at about 11:00 a.m. that morning, the military used three jet fighters to bombard the area. Two members of the Katha District’s 2nd PDF Battalion were reportedly injured due to the bombing.

The ABSDF also reported that the junta forces were firing heavy weapons from Indaw and that fighting was going on.

6. The local defence forces attacked a junta-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia camp in Taze, killing two and injuring more than 20 others

On May 23, Taze Township People’s Defence Group (Pa-Ka-Fa) issued a military report: “We attacked a Pyu camp in Taze Township once on May 13 and another on the night of May 21, which resulted in the deaths of two and injuries to more than 20 others among the military council troops and Pyu members.”

The Shwebo District’s 25th PDF Battalion and Taze Township Pa-Ka-Fa were said to have joined forces to carry out the attacks. One member of the Pa-Ka-Fa was wounded (not seriously), and all members of the combined forces were able to withdraw successfully.

7. The S&C begins installing solar power stations in houses that have been cut off from electricity in Shwebo Township

On May 24, the S&C Assistance Group announced that it had begun installing solar power stations in houses that have been cut off from electricity in Shwebo Township.

It stated that, in the villages in the Anyar region where the electricity had been cut off, an initial 20 sets of solar power stations were able to be installed in the houses of students for them to be able to study conveniently after choosing by lot.

“When installing solar power stations, initially, we chose houses with IDPs, people with illnesses, and the elderly on a priority basis,” stated the S&C.

Up until now, the S&C group has provided 32 houses in areas where electricity was cut off with solar power stations, and the group has called for public support as more are required.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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