Spring Revolution Local News – Jul 22 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann calls on the world and neighbouring countries to stand with the brave Myanmar people in their fight for justice and freedom

Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann wrote the following on Twitter, calling for international support regarding the massacre happening in Sone Chaung village of Yinmabin Township:

“Another heart-wrenching massacre in Myanmar, orchestrated by the genocidal Military. To the world and our neighbors, how many more lives must be lost before you take firm action against these monsters? Stand with the brave people of Myanmar in their fight for justice and freedom!”

During the early hours of July 21, 2023, the terrorist military council troops raided Sone Chung village, killing three comrades of a local people’s defence group who were guarding the village and abducting ten civilians, who were all killed later as they departed the village.

2. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun receives Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) students and team at his office in New York

Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the UN, received 40 Burmese-American students from the Upward College Summer Scholar Program of the Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) Indianan State, led by Executive Director Mr. Elaisa Vahnie, at the Office of Permanent Mission of Myanmar to the UN in New York on July 21, 2023. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun provided an understanding of the United Nations to the students and had a discussion with them on the Myanmar Spring Revolution.

The ambassador urged the students to lend their support to the Myanmar Spring Revolution and the restoration of Myanmar in whatever way they could, saying that they were the community’s future. Mr. Elaisa Vahnie said that Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun’s role in diplomacy is very important for the Myanmar Spring Revolution and promised that the Burmese American Community Institute will do its best to help the ambassador’s presence at the United Nations.

The BACI team that visited Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun in his office included Executive Director Mr. Elaisa Vahnie, Program Supporter Dr. Bawi Mang Lian, Program Director Lian Sang, MP U Zaw Thein, Program Coordinator Va Chha, and students from Upward College Summer Scholar Program.

3. Three junta soldiers took their arms and defected from the Light Infantry Battalion No. 368 (KhaMaYa-368) of the 10th Military Operation Command (SaKaKha-10) that is carrying out raids in Wetlet Township and sought refuge in the people’s embrace program

On July 22, the People’s Embrace Program (Wetlet) announced the defection of three junta troops and their joining of the people’s side. The announcement stated that the junta soldiers, policemen, and other members of the armed forces and their family members who are serving in Wetlet Township under the terrorist junta had already been invited to take the side of the people and join the people’s embrace progrom, with three announcement letters in case they had difficulties joining the program.

Three junta soldiers from the Light Infantry Battalion No. 368 (KhaMaYa-368) of the 10th Military Operation Command (SaKaKha-10) that is carrying out raids in Wetlet Township have recently sought refuge with the group, joining the people’s embrace programme with their arms, according to the announcement.

Those who seek refuge in the people’s embrace program and join the civil disobedience movement (CDM) with their weapons are given worthy rewards.

People are also requested to help those members of the military junta who seek to join the people’s embrace program contact the members of the relevant township people’s defence organisations (Pa-Ka-Fa) or people’s administrative organisations (Pa-Ah-Fa).

4. Local People’s Defence Forces ambushed a military column raiding Kankalay village in Myaing Township and destroyed properties belonging to villagers

On July 22, the Myaing Township People’s Defence Organisation (Pa-Ka-Fa) claimed that a mine attack was launched against a military column that raided and destroyed civilians’ properties in Kankalay village in Myaing Township after raiding the village on the way after they departed the village at 3:00 p.m. It was reported that one junta soldier was killed, three others were seriously injured, and one 40-mm grenade was seized in the mine attack.

The operation was said to have been carried out by the combined defence forces of Companies 1 and 2 of Battalion No. 1 of the Myaing Township Pa-Ka-Fa, the Light Rays Guerrilla Force (Myaing), and the KNDF force.

5. Fighting fiercely for two days in a row on the east bank of Thanlwin in Hpasawng when the military deployed a large-scale offensive in Kyauk Pan Nyo village and Wan Aung (Shan) village

On July 22, Phasaung (Hpasawng) People’s Defence Force (PPDF) released a battle statement regarding the fighting in Hpasawng Township.

According to the PPDF, as the military council launched a large-scale offensive in two columns in Kyauk Pan Nyo village and Wan Aung (Shan) village on the east bank of Thanlwin in Hpasawng Township on July 21, the revolutionary alliance forces, including the Phasaung (Hpasawng) People’s Defence Force (No. 1108), the Bawlakhe People’s Defence Force (No. 1105), the Karenni National People’s Liberation Front (KNPLF or KaLaLaTa), the Karenni Nationalities Defence Force (KNDF) Battalion No. 20, and the Karenni Revolution Union (KRU), joined forces to fight back, and the fighting is still going on.

At present, the military council troops are torching the houses in Kyauk Pan Nyo village and Wan Aung (Shan) village, and the fighting has been fierce since 6:00 a.m. on July 21 until now.

6. A public demonstration against Myanmar military junta will be organised in Tokyo, Japan

Demonstrations against the Myanmar military junta will be carried out domestically and internationally on July 21, 22, and 23 to mark one year after Ko Jimmy, Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw, Ko Aung Thura Zaw, and Ko Hla Myo Aung, were hanged.

July 23 will mark one year since the two prominent spring revolution leaders, Ko Jimmy and Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw, and two democracy activists, Ko Aung Thura Zaw and Ko Hla Myo Aung, were executed.

“We need to continue to fight relentlessly for the liberation of our comrades who are being oppressed and imprisoned during the revolution. So, to turn difficulties into strengths to continue to fight, democratic forces at home and abroad will hold collective demonstrations on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd of this month,” said the Global Myanmar Spring Revolution.

The public demonstration in Tokyo will be held on July 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and all revolutionary supporters in Japan are invited to gather at the public space in front of Big Box Takadanobaba.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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