Spring Revolution Local News – Jul 23 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. Acting President Duwa Lashi La says that the blood of martyrs who gave their lives during the Spring Revolution must not be shed in vain

At a ceremony to commemorate and honour fallen heroes and martyrs during the Spring Revolution held on July 23, Acting President Duwa Lashi La remarked: “Given their current political and military crises, the terrorist junta has taken grudges and brutally treated political heroes in prisons as if they were hostages. I would like to emphasise that the sacrifice of the hero political prisoners and the blood of martyr heroes like Ko Jimmy, Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw, Ko Hla Myo Aung, and Ko Aung Thura Zaw who fell during the Spring Revolution must not be in vain.”

At the ceremony, the martyrs who fell during the Spring Revolution were saluted, and there was a discussion between the National Unity Government and the revolutionary forces who attended the ceremony.

2. Defence Minister U Yee Mon says that July 23 is the Spring Martyrs’ Day

At a ceremony to commemorate and honour fallen heroes and martyrs during the Spring Revolution held on July 23, U Yee Mon, Union Minister for the NUG’s Ministry of Defence, spoke, “Today, July 23, is the Spring Martyrs’ Day as well. The history of the martyrs will be fragrant as long as the world lasts. As for murders, their history will be repulsive as long as the world lasts. Ko Jimmy and Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw are prominent leaders of the People’s Spring Revolution and those who were key players in the establishment of the People’s Defence Force (PDF).”

The terrorist military junta covertly executed Ko Jimmy, Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw, Ko Hla Myo Aung, and Ko Thura Zaw in prison.

A total of 3,819 people, including pro-democracy activists, who opposed the arbitrary military coup on February 1, 2021, have been killed during the spring revolution.

3. NUG’s Deputy Foreign Minister says that a big victory that will enable the creation of the federal unity that everyone longs for will be attained if the revolutionary victories are interconnected

At the Chin State’s fundraising campaign “For Our 4 Fallen Heroes” held on July 22, U Moe Zaw Oo, Deputy Minister for the NUG’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, “As we all know, our armed resistance started with Chin State. Until now, we have heard about victories [of Chin State] one after another. A victory for one State is not just the victory of that State alone. It is the victory of the whole Union and all ethnic brothers and sisters. I believe that if these victories come together and connect with each other, we will achieve a big victory that will enable us to build the great federal union that we long for.”

In the Karenni, Chin, Sagaing, Magway, and Karen regions, the military junta troops are at present incurring losses, and the areas under the control of the forces of the revolutionary resistance alliance are expanding.

4. Switzerland Embassy expresses its remembrance of Ko Jimmy, Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw, Ko Hla Myo Aung and Ko Aung Thura Zaw and its opposition to the death penalty under all circumstances

The Embassy of Switzerland in Myanmar issued a statement on the one year anniversary of the execution of four democracy activists Ko Jimmy, Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw, Ko Hla Myo Aung and Ko Aung Thura Zaw on July 23.

“On the anniversary of the execution of four democracy activists Ko Jimmy, Phyo Zeya Thaw, Hla Myo Aung, and Aung Thura Zaw, we remember human rights defenders, peaceful protesters, and politicians who have been arbitrarily detained, sentenced, and executed by the Myanmar military,” said the statement.

The statement said that Switzerland opposes the death penalty at all times and in all situations and called for an immediate end to further violence and actions that exacerbate the conflict and to work for peace through dialogue.

5. U Min Ko Naing calls on the public to boycott private banks with ties to the military

On July 23, U Min Ko Naing, a leader of the 88-generation student group, urged the public to withdraw all their bank savings from private banks that have ties to the military.

“Our public will have to publish the private banks that are financially related to the military and support finance for the military. To punish them, our public will have to do all kinds of things, such as withdrawing money from those banks, until they can’t continue to operate,” he urged the public.

Recently, most of the private banks, including Kanbawza (KBZ) Bank and Ayeyarwady Bank, purchased the Treasury Bonds offered by the terrorist military junta and supported them.

“In order to increase the revolutionary fund, we have to open accounts at the Spring Development, which the NUG government has just launched. This is the arrangement for the public to be able to participate in the spring battle safely,” he continued.

6. New 20,000 kyat notes issued for Buddha statue construction and junta’s “white elephant” calf raise public concerns

The issuing of new 20,000 kyat notes to commemorate the construction of a giant Buddha statue in Nay Pyi Taw and to mark the one-year birthday of the “white elephant” calf, which was born last year in Rakhine State’s Taungup Township and whose birth is being portrayed as fortuitous by the junta, raises public concerns.

Burmese culture and tradition experts have been criticising the appearance of the elephant image printed on the 20,000 kyat note, which will be published on July 31, as stunted or deficient in physique.

“Without holding its head high, the appearance of the elephant gives off a dejected impression,” a Burmese culture and tradition expert criticised on his social network page.

A coffee entrepreneur who had to flee the country reviewed that publishing 20,000 kyat notes may make it difficult for foreign exporters, and in the currency exchange system where exchanges are made according to the junta-defined rate, there may be a gap of nearly 3,000 kyats.

The junta-controlled Central Bank of Myanmar announced that new banknotes would be issued in limited quantity and distributed by exchanging with old banknotes of equivalent value at Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, and Mandalay branches.

7. Civilian dies after head-on beating during interrogation in Taungtha, Mandalay Region

A civilian died after being beaten on the head with an iron rod during an interrogation in Zayatgyi village in Taung Thar Township, according to the Taungtha public action committee, a local news and media page in Taungtha Township.

On the morning of July 21, the junta soldiers led by Major Nyan Tun Aung, from Magway-based Infantry Division No. 88, arrived at Zabu Thiri jungle area on the east of Zayatgyi village, Taungtha Township, Mandalay Region, searched the house of a couple, Ko Win Myaing and Ma Ohmar, and then confiscated their mobile phones.

The junta soldiers then set up an interrogation camp in the village, summoned Ko Win Myaing and his wife Ma Ohmar at around noon, and released them after questioning them. Then Ko Win Myaing was summoned again the next day, July 22, at 1:00 p.m.

“At around 7:30 p.m. on July 22, Ko Win Myaing passed out due to being severely tortured by the junta soldiers. The soldiers informed his family that he had a headache, so he needed to be sent to the hospital, and there was no need for his family to accompany him,” stated the Taungtha public action committee.

According to the Taungtha public action committee, which cited a source close to the hospital, Ko Win Myaing passed away as a result of a severe injury sustained after being struck on the head with a hard iron rod.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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