Spring Revolution Local News – May 27 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. The NUG Defence Minister calls for unity in the fight against the common enemy

Union Minister U Yee Mon called for unity in the fight against the common enemy in his Felicitations Letter sent to the completion ceremony of the commando-based military training batch-1 conducted by the Nay Pyi Taw People’s Defence Organisation under the NUG Ministry of Defence.

The Union Minister stated, “Coordination is another crucial element of the revolution. The ability to coordinate is crucial not only during military operations but even when there are none. I have heard that in some areas under our control, the PDF, Pa-Ka-Fa, and LDF work together when there are operations, but when there are none, they are having disagreements. I want everyone to put all of their energies into fighting the common enemy and nothing else.”

Currently, according to the Ministry of Defence (NUG-MOD), there are 303 battalions and columns of the People’s Defence Force (PDF) spread throughout the country, in addition to the People’s Defence Organisations (PDOs/Pa-Ka-Fa), which function as People Militia, that have been set up in over 250 townships. Moreover, the NUG-MOD is providing refreshing trainings and arming for them.

2. Deputy Minister U Maw Htun Aung raises the question of whether those NGOs can work together with the NUG to reach those affected by Cyclone Mocha 

On May 27, Deputy Minister U Maw Htun Aung stated on social media: “I wonder if those who used to give the excuse that they had to sign an MOU with the military council because all human beings have to be rescued can work together with the NUG to reach those who need help. In the e-wallet era, receipts and vouchers are no longer an excuse, so I stay tuned for new excuses.”

UN OCHA Myanmar expressed that the humanitarian community in Myanmar has appealed for a $333 million flash fund to assist 1.6 million people affected by Cyclone Mocha that hit Myanmar on May 14.

3. The junta’s artillery unit of the 97th Infantry Battalion fired 40 times with 20-mm cannons intentionally into Ka Mine Kone village in Kawkareik Township in the KNU 6th Brigade Dooplaya District

On May 27, the Karen National Union (KNU) released a press statement about the junta’s use of heavy weapons against civilian villages.

“On May 25, 2023, between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., the artillery unit of the 97th Infantry Battalion intentionally fired about 40 times with 120-mm heavy weapons into Ka Mine Kone village in Kawkareik Township in the KNU 6th Brigade Dooplaya District of KNU Kawthoolei territory. U Athaung, 62, and Kyaw Min Tun, 31, who were residing in Ka Mine Kone village, were hit by shrapnel and injured at about 2:30 p.m.,” the KNU stated.

Moreover, according to the KNU, a cow belonging to U Kyaw Baung and another cow belonging to Daw Mu Thauk, who were residing in Ywar Tan Shey village in Kawkareik Township, were also hit by shrapnel and injured.

4. The 300 million kyat campaign for the Strategic Column of the Lion Battalion Commando Special Forces has launched

The CRPH-OFP Fundraising Program announced on May 27 that a 300 million kyat campaign led by the “We Will Win” OFP fundraiser to raise funds for the Strategy Column of the Lion Battalion Commando Special Forces has launched.

It stated, “It is the ‘Clear the Rural and Shake Up the Urban to End the Military Dictatorship’ campaign to raise funds for the Lion Battalion Commando Special Forces. As for the Strategic Column of the Lion Battalion Commando Special Forces, which is the decisively chosen path for the eradication of military dictatorship, Chief Strategist Captain Eh Say Wah himself is fighting on the front line, while column commanders and battalion commanders are carrying out their duties in harmony.”

The campaign was organised by an OFP fundraiser, “We Will Win”, and supported by other OFP fundraisers around the world. The campaign will run from May 25 to June 25, and all the revolutionary funds raised through the campaign will be sent directly to the Strategic Column of the Lion Battalion Commando Special Forces, according to the CRPH-OFP Fundraising Program.

5. Cyclone Mocha destroyed the main water supply canal and some branch canals of the North Yamar Dam, making it difficult for more than 17,000 acres of irrigated farmland to grow monsoon paddy

On May 27, the ABSDF Column-3 reported: “Thirty-four villages in Pale Township in Yin Mar Bin District of Sagaing Division, suffered flooding as a result of Cyclone Mocha. Over 2,700 acres of summer paddy fields from villages in Pale Township have been destroyed, and it is difficult to replant them. The main difficulty is that the main water supply canal and some branch canals of the North Yamar Dam have been damaged.”

There are 10 branch canals that mainly depend on the main canal from the dam, and hence 10,082 acres of irrigated fields that rely on the 10 branch canals are reportedly finding it difficult to grow monsoon paddy. In a similar way, the damage to the right canal makes it difficult for more than 7,000 acres of irrigated fields to grow monsoon paddy.

6. Kalay District’s 9th PDF Battalion (Kalaywa) issues an emergency notice of temporary closure of the Thetkeikyin-Paungbyin-Homalin-Hkamti Strategic Highway connecting Kalawa Township to the upper townships of the Chindwin River

On May 27, the Kalay District’s 9th PDF Battalion (Kalaywa), the No.1 Military Region, issued an emergency notice: “The Thetkeikyin-Paungbyin-Homalin-Hkamti Strategic Highway connecting Kalawa Township to the upper townships of the Chindwin River will be closed indefinitely due to the military situation.”

The Kalay District’s 9th PDF Battalion advised the public to refrain from using the highway until further notice.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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