Spring Revolution Local News – Jul 05 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. The Acting President urges the members of the National Unity Government not to let the public down and to demonstrate their competence to the public in order for the public to have faith in the government

Acting President Duwa Lashi La said the following in his speech at the Cabinet Meeting (22/2023) of the National Unity Government held on July 4:

“It seems that the Spring Revolution is going through a complicated and difficult process in a short period of time. However, at present, we receive the highest level of public trust and support for the Spring Revolution. Our government members should not disappoint the public and they have a responsibility to demonstrate their competence to the public so that they have faith in the government. Moreover, it is necessary to develop people’s expectations that are consistent with the current reality.”

At this juncture, the ministries of the National Unity Government are implementing interim public services and reviewing their status at cabinet sessions.

2. Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung met with Timor-Leste Foreign Minister Bendito Freitas to strengthen relations between the two countries

On July 5, Daw Zin Mar Aung, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of the National Unity Government, wrote on Twitter about the meeting with the Timor-Leste Foreign Minister:

“I am delighted to have engaged in a productive meeting with FM of Timor-Leste H.E. Mr. Bendito dos Santos Freitas to enhance bilateral relations between our two countries and promote cooperation that can greatly contribute to Myanmar’s Spring Revolution.”

During her representation of Myanmar, upon the invitation of Timor Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta, Foreign Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung and U Lin Thant, the representative of the NUG in the Czech Republic, met and discussed with Maria Fernanda Lay, the president of the National Parliament of Timor Leste.

President Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste, invited the National Unity Government to the inauguration of the country’s new government.

3. The National Unity Government praises the Karenni National People’s Liberation Front (KNPLF/KaLaLaTa) for being able to shoot down a junta aircraft

U Kyaw Zaw, a spokesperson for the Acting President Office, told Radio NUG on July 5 regarding the NUG’s pride in the KNPLF for being able to shoot down a military council’s aircraft.

“A K8 type jet plane of the terrorist military council was able to be shot down in Karenni State. It is a big loss for the terrorist regime. For the revolutionary forces, being able to shoot it down like this is a very big success. By looking at this, we, the revolutionary forces, are at a turning point in our resistance against the terrorist military. So, I would like to say cheerfully that our National Unity Government is proud and salutes that [the KNPLF] was able to shoot it down.”

(((((   U Kyaw Zaw, Acting President Office spokesperson   )))))

On June 30, the Karenni National People’s Liberation Front (KNPLF/KaLaLaTa) was able to shoot down a light aircraft in a battle in Ywathit Sub-township of Bawlakhe Township, Karenni Region.

4. During the month of June, Karenni revolutionary alliances eliminated nearly 50 members of the military council forces

On July 5, the Karenni Nationalities Defence Force (KNDF) headquarters released a press statement on the battle news summary for the month of June.

“The KNDF, in collaboration with Mobye PDF, Loikaw PDF, and the Urban Revolutionary Front (URF), attacked the military council forces that were deployed in various parts of Mobye Town after they had invaded it with a large force on June 5, and more than six battles took place within the month, killing more than 20 members of the military council forces,” the statement said.

“Similarly, in Pekhon Township, skirmishes took place in some places. The civilian houses and religious buildings in Mobye and Pekhon Townships were destroyed due to the numerous bombings and artillery shellings by fighter jets,” the statement continued.

“During June, there were seven skirmishes in Loikaw Township, one in Shadaw Township, four in Hpruso Township, and five in Demoso Township between the military council forces and the combined forces of the KA, KNDF, and allied forces,” it stated.

“In addition, during a week from June 13, in Mese Township, the KA, the KNPLF (KaLaLaTa), the KNDF, and allied forces joined forces to raid and capture the military council’s outposts on the Thai-Myanmar border: the BP-13 (Border Point 13) outpost, the BP-14 outpost, the Mal Ta Nwe outpost in BP-15, the Taung Hla outpost in BP-16, the Mese Police Station, and the Strategic Hill outpost, seizing a lot of weapons (heavy and small) and large amounts of ammunition,” the statement said.

“Since June 24, the military council forces from Bawlakhe Town have invaded Ywathit Town in two columns. For more than four days, fierce combat has taken place along the Ywathit-Bawlakhe Road between those military forces and the combined forces of the KA, the KNPLF (KaLaLaTa), the Bawlakhe PDF, and the KNDF. The military council forces then entered and stationed themselves within Ywathit Town,” said the statement.

According to the statement, the KNDF allied forces were able to eliminate nearly 50 members of the military council forces during the battles and skirmishes in one month of June, and the military council employed excessive air raids and artillery shellings during those battles and skirmishes. Three members of the KNDF were reportedly killed in the battles in June.

The KNDF reports that a total of 33 civilians were killed in Karenni State in June 2023, including those who were struck by shrapnel from artillery, those killed in airstrikes, and 23 civilians—20 men and 3 women—who were killed by military council columns when they raided Mobye Town. Among the victims was a 10-year-old child.

5. Urban guerrilla forces blasted military-related targets in four districts in Yangon Division

The Freeland Attack Force (FLA) stated on July 5 that on the night of July 4, it and its allies used 12 bombs to launch explosive attacks on six military council-related locations spread over four districts in Yangon Division.

Among the targets were the Information and Public Relations Department, the Immigration Office, and the Intellectual Property Department in Bahan Township, West Yangon District; the South Okkalapa Township Court in Yangon East District; the Hlaing Tharyar Township East Police Station in Yangon North District; and a checkpoint in Thanlyin township, Yangon South District.

The Freeland Attack Force (FLA), the Phoenix Urban Guerrilla Force, the Emerald Girls Army (EGA), and the Rangoon Urban Force reportedly collaborated with the Anonymous Fighters Force (AFF) to lead the attacks.

6. The “Yoma Calling” fundraising campaign has raised more than US$130,000

The “Yoma Calling” campaign organiser announced on July 5 that the campaign had so far raised more than US$131,000 on Day 10.

The “Yoma Calling” fundraising drive, which will be taking place from June 25 to July 16, aims to raise the required revolutionary funds for the Salmon Operation, which will enable revolutionary fighters from the Yangon, Bago, and Ayeyarwady Regions to return home.

The Salmon Operation aims to gain territorial control of the Bago Yoma and Sittaung River basins, which are critical to the Spring Revolution’s military strategy.

#Credit : Radio NUG


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