Spring Revolution Local News – Jul 20 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. Union Minister Dr. Sasa says that the military junta is using the “four cuts” method against the general population and is using disease and hunger as tools of oppression

Union Minister Dr. Sasa said in his address at the 76th Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day Commemoration that nearly 18 million people in Myanmar are in need of life-saving assistance, nearly 2 million people have been displaced, and 48 million people are suffering from extreme poverty in the past 27 months. “The past 27 months have been filled with pain, suffering, death, and destruction, and in addition to this, the terrorist military council is using the ‘four cuts’ method against the entire population and is using disease and hunger as weapons of violence against them,” said the Union Minister.

Moreover, the Union Minister went on to say that the Federal Democratic Charter (FDC) was adopted and the Transitional Constitution is being developed so that the Spring Revolution will not only be able to eradicate the terrorist military but also serve as a driving force to continue working hard until a new federal democratic Myanmar is achieved. 

2. The NUG Office in Washington, D.C., holds a community meeting and a ceremony to mark the 76th anniversary of Martyrs’ Day 

The Office of the National Unity Government in Washington, D.C., held a community meeting and a ceremony to mark the 76th anniversary of Martyrs’ Day on July 19. Union Minister Prof. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister Dr. Zaw Wai Soe, Union Minister U Htin Linn Aung, Deputy Minister U Moe Zaw Oo, Deputy Minister U Aung Kyaw Moe, and revolutionary supporters in the United States attended.

Moreover, Dr. Sein Win and Dr. Mie Mie Winn Byrd attended and delivered words of remembrance, and then Paster Saw Ler Htoo addressed a final closing prayer.

3. The NUG’s Interim Local Administration Central Committee (ILACC) holds a meeting with township people’s administrative bodies from Mandalay and Magway Regions

The National Unity Government (NUG)’s Interim Local Administration Central Committee (ILACC) held its 23rd meeting with township people’s administrative bodies from Mandalay and Magway Regions on July 19.

Daw Khin Ma Ma Myo, Union Minister for the NUG’s Ministry of Commerce and a member of the ILACC, delivered the opening remarks.

The challenges encountered on the ground were discussed during the meeting. Then, the meeting was concluded with the closing remarks of Nai Tun Pe (aka) Nai Suwunna, Union Minister for the NUG’s Ministry of Labour and a member of the ILACC.

Union ministers, deputy ministers, permanent secretaries, associate secretaries, officials from relevant ministries, and representatives from the township people’s administrative bodies from Mandalay and Magway Regions attended the meeting.

4. The terrorist military burned down at least 20 houses in Nanza village, situated to the east of Kyauktaga Town

It was reported that a terrorist military column comprising 150 troops from the junta’s infantry battalions in Bago Division—the Light Infantry Battalion No. 262 based in Pein Za Loke Town, the Light Infantry Battalion No. 307 based in Pe Nwe Gon Town (Shwe Wah), and the Light Infantry Battalion No. 308 based in Phyuu Town—raided Nanza village, which is situated to the east of Kyauktaga Town, on July 20 at 6:23 in the morning.

The terrorist military troops stole the villagers’ belongings, including 3,800,000 kyats in cash and 11 mobile phones, and then torched at least 20 houses, claiming that PDF members were hiding there.

In Kyauktaga Township, there have been a total of 4,571 local residents from 37 villages who are fleeing in fear of the terrorist military forces.

5. Magway’s Htilin Township remains under an internet access ban

Htilin People’s Defence Force (PDF) talked about the difficulties because of a lack of internet access: “Internet access has been shut down in many parts of Htilin Township in Magway Region since not long after the coup until now. Only some villages have access to telephone [2G] connections. There were three aerial attacks [in Htilin Township]. Ahkyiban village was burned down, almost the entire village, last May. There are other villages, such as War Yin Chaing, Kyar Kae, Htan Pin Kone, etc., that were also torched. There are occasional IDPs because they need to flee upon learning of the invasion of military columns.”

According to the analysis report titled “Disconnection and Vanishing Rights” by Athan, an advocacy group for freedom of expression in Myanmar, the military junta has shut down or restricted mobile internet access in 45 townships across the country: 27 townships in Sagaing Region, 2 townships in Mandalay Region, 2 townships in Magway Region, 5 townships in Karenni (Kayah) State, 1 township in Kachin State, and 8 townships in Chin State. Some of the townships have access only to the 2G network, while in others, such as Htilin Township in Magway Region, both the mobile network and data (internet) were shut down.

The Htilin PDF continued by saying that the flow of basic products is difficult in Htilin Township because trucks are reluctant to travel for fear of being forced into serving as porters for the junta soldiers, and in addition, there are occasionally columns forming by junta soldiers on the roadways. Despite such difficulties, the Htilin PDF was able to work together with other allied PDF forces in fighting against the military junta troops, eliminating up to 15 junta soldiers while two comrades of the Htilin PDF, including a medic, gave their lives for the country, according to the Htilin PDF.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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