Spring Revolution Local News – Aug 01 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. The Acting President warns against the military council’s misleading of the public in order to hold into its power

At the 26th Cabinet meeting of the National Unity Government held on August 1, Acting President Duwa Lashi La said: “It is clear that the military council can deceive the public in many ways in order to maintain power. It had tried to mislead the public with sham elections. Besides, after the coup, it lied to the public that it would hold elections in a year or two. Now, using the 2008 Constitution Law, the military council has extended its tenure by another six months. We can see that the military council’s lust for power is huge. It is obvious that the military council does not hesitate to oppress anything in order to maintain its power. At this time, the public is being oppressed by the military council.”

Acting President Duwa Lashi La and Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann attended the 26th Cabinet meeting along with union ministers and deputy ministers.

The Acting President went on to say, “The military council will try to mislead the public again in various ways. It is making the public confused and diverting them from the public political path more frequently. The public is already open to political awareness, so they clearly know what is good and what is bad. However, even so, we must not stop organising the public. Continuous public awareness and highlights of the military council’s actions are required.”

2. Acting President Duwa Lashi La made an ultimatum to the military council to unconditionally and immediately release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Win Myint, and all political prisoners 

Acting President Duwa Lashi La demanded that all political prisoners, including detained leaders Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Win Myint, be released immediately and unconditionally. On August 1, he wrote on X (Twitter): “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Win Myint, and all political prisoners must be released unconditionally and immediately. SAC must be accountable for their well-being.”

On August 1, the terrorist military junta pardoned Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on five charges out of 19, reducing her 33-year prison term by six years.

Similarly, U Win Myint was also pardoned on two charges out of the eight he faced, reducing his prison sentence by four years.

Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann also remarked, “Some people ask whether there will be changes if Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is released from prison. We’d say ‘No Way’ in response. We will follow the desires of the public. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself also prioritises the desires of the public. We will not change at all.”

3. Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung says that there are no other options but to keep going forward to eliminate the regime

At the Spring Revolution Talk held in the last week of July by the PVTV, Daw Zin Mar Aung, Union Minister of Foreign Affairs, said: “The fact that they are exploiting our leader, whom they have arrested and detained in order to exclude her from the political arena, is one indicator of their defeat. Some are fighting under the slogan ‘End of Dictatorship: 2023.’ In order to eliminate them [the dictators], we don’t have any other options other than to keep going forward in our own way. There is nothing to consider, and there is no reason to hesitate.”

At this time, the terrorist military council has been barred from regional meetings and summits, and in terms of diplomatic affairs, it has been downgraded.

4. Union Minister U Tin Tun Naing says that the Spring Revolution has nothing other than to defeat the dictator

On August 1, Union Minister U Tin Tun Naing encouraged the public, “Regarding the dictators, we already knew their behaviour and habits. This match is nothing but to win over it.”

The National Unity Government announced the start of the People’s Resistance Movement on September 7, 2021. The military pace is accelerating at the present, and 2023 was designated as the decisive year for the end of the revolution.

5. Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye asserts NUG can address Rohingya issue clearly due to its un-influence by military dictator

Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye spoke regarding the Rohingya issue at the community meeting with the Myanmar diaspora in Washington, D.C., on July 31 as “NUG has been able to act clearly. There is no military influence in NUG. The NUG has issued an official announcement to bring justice for all. It also issued a statement regarding the Rohingya issue, and in order to implement this, it has already established the Ministry of Human Rights, which has never been in Myanmar before as well. We have a plan in place to address this issue.”

At present, the National Unity Government is actively working to restore justice to the Rohingya issue and is working to amend and repeal laws on this matter.

6. PDF battalions in Pakokku District engaged in 20 clashes with the junta forces, eliminating 63 enemy troops and injuring 80 others

The Military Headquarters of the People’s Defence Force (PDF) of the National Unity Government released a military statement on August 1.

According to the statement, in July 2023, in Pakokku District of Magway Region, the PDF battalions of the Pakokku District, such as Pakokku District PDF Battalion Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 19, engaged in 20 clashes with the military council’s troops under the Infantry Division Nos. 55, 77, 99, and 101, the Defence Industry No. 22, Light Infantry Battalion No. 258 (KhaLaYa-258), Light Infantry Battalion No. 251 (KhaLaYa-251), and military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia.

The clashes took place in Myaing Township, Yesagyo Township, Pauk Township, Pakokku Township, Saw Township, and Salingyi Township of the Pakokku District, and 63 enemy troops were killed, and 80 others were injured in the clashes. Three members of the PDF forces also lost their lives in the fighting, and two others were hurt.

7. 7-year-old girl dies from severe wound from junta shells in Ye-U Township

The terrorist military forces allegedly indiscriminately opened fire with artillery shells on Shaw Phyu village in Ye-U Township at 7:00 p.m. on July 31. One of the shells struck and exploded on a house belonging to civilians, injuring a 7-year-old girl on her head and body.

According to regional news sources, the child died as a result of an artillery shrapnel wound while receiving medical treatment.

The terrorist military forces are attacking civilian residential areas in rural areas, considering them military targets.

8. The death toll during the Spring Revolution exceeds 3,857

According to the July 31 report of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a total of 3,857 people, including pro-democracy activists and other civilians, have been killed by the military crackdown against the military dictatorship since the unjust military coup on February 1, 2021.

Meanwhile, as of July 31, there are a total of 24,123 people who have been arrested, 19,733 of whom are still under detention, and 6,899 of those have been sentenced to prison terms, according to the AAPP.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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