Summary of News

1. The Acting President says that the shared enthusiasm of everyone is to overthrow the military dictatorship
The Spring Revolution Interfaith Conference, organised as a hybrid conference in Mae Sot, Thailand

At the Spring Revolution Interfaith Conference held on September 2, 2023, Acting President Duwa Lashi La said that the Spring Revolution is attended by multi-faith groups, multi-ethnic groups, and multi-culture groups, and that the shared enthusiasm of everyone is to overthrow the military dictatorship.

“With our incredible diversity and unified strength, we are fighting the military dictatorship as a team in the Spring Revolution. The Spring Revolution is attended by multi-faith groups, multi-ethnic groups, and multi-culture groups, and it can be seen clearly that the shared enthusiasm of everyone is the overthrow of the military dictatorship. In order to maintain their power, the military dictators created ethnic and religious conflicts systematically for ages, such as building racism to oppress minorities and discriminate within society. When doing so, they tried to control all ideas of daily social life by using various forms of propaganda, such as religions, entertainment, art, media, and literature,” the Acting President stated in his speech.

The Spring Revolution Interfaith Conference, with the theme “Diversity: The Wellspring of the Spring Revolution,” was held in Mae Sot, Thailand, on September 2 and 3, 2023. Acting President Duwa Lashi La attended the conference virtually and gave the conference’s opening speech. The meeting was attended by individuals and organisations from different faiths, including Sayadaw U Wayama and Sayadaw U Istharia (Min Thu Nya, Buddhist University).

2. The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) welcomes the Spring Revolution Interfaith Conference
NUCC’s Statement (in Burmese), welcoming the Spring Revolution Interfaith Conference held in Mae Sot, Thailand

The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) issued a statement on September 2, 2023, supporting and warmly welcoming the Spring Revolution Interfaith Conference that was being held in Mae Sot.

It was stated in the statement that the Spring Revolution was not only to eradicate the military dictatorship but also a social change movement that brought out the most special characteristics throughout Myanmar’s history. The general public’s and the newer generation’s slogans on the streets made it abundantly clear that they intended to revolutionise and change not only the military dictators’ political oppression but also their oppressions of people’s social life, faiths, cultures, infrastructure, and associations.

The statement pointed out that if the origins of the two main problems in Myanmar—the nearly century-long civil war and the extinction of democracy—are analysed, successive dictators have used ethnicity and religion to create conflicts and injustices and cause differences and discriminations between diverse identities. Because of this, many ethnic and religious riots occurred, and a tragic event, which the world considers a genocide against the Rohingya, was committed.

The statement wishes that the Spring Revolution Interfaith Conference will be able to have debates and opinion-exchange sessions on religion and faith freedoms for the new society, foster interfaith relationships, and stop dictatorial-caused religious and ethnic divisions and disputes.

3. The NUG Ministry of Labour addresses the workplace issues of 41 Myanmar migrant workers from a construction site in Rayong, Thailand

Reportedly, 41 Myanmar MOU workers from a construction site in Rayong, Thailand, were having problems at their workplace, including not receiving their full pay because they weren’t getting regular work assignments, their passports and work permits were being kept, and being fired the day after taking a day off on the full moon day without getting paid.

The Ministry of Labour of the National Unity Government and the Thailand-based Myanmar Humanitarian Action Centre (MHAC), led by Ko Ye Min, contacted the relevant agency and addressed the concerns of the 41 workers after receiving complaints from workers on their workplace issues that were inconsistent with the terms of their contracts, according to a statement from the ministry dated September 2.

4. A PDF force in Sagaing Region has successfully produced improvised AK 47 guns that are nearly identical to real ones
The Infinite Revolution Force (I.R.F.) members and “AK 47 MADE IN SAGAING” or “SAGAING MADE AK 47”

The Infinite Revolution Force (I.R.F.), which is Squadron No. 1 of the People’s Defence Force (PDF) Yinmabin District Battalion No. 32 (Golden Triangle Battalion), has reportedly successfully produced improvised AK 47 guns that are nearly identical to real ones.

“In the past, we were able to arm our comrades thanks to support funds donated by the public. These days, we can merely arm them with real ones after two or three months. As a result, we experimented and succeeded in producing AK-47 MADE IN SAGAING guns. We also have an expert in our force. We can now employ our manufactured weapons in battle, like actual machine guns,” a member of the I.R.F. said.

The I.R.F. also stated that the improvised AK 47 it produced, known as “AK 47 MADE IN SAGAING” or “SAGAING MADE AK 47,” would be gradually developed to become an assault weapon and that one of its advantages would be the ability to fire single or automated shots.

5. A total of 602 women have been murdered by the terrorist military since the attempted military coup

The Burmese Women’s Union (BWU) released an analysis report on the situation of the women tortured, imprisoned, and killed during the attempted military coup. The analysis was reportedly based mostly on figures from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) and also included data from credible news media, and the actual numbers are likely much higher.

“The number of women arrested and murdered during the attempted coup by the terrorist military continues. As of August 29, a total of 602 women have been murdered,” said the BWU in its report.

According to the report, as of August 29, a total of 3,440 women had been arrested, 575 of whom had received prison sentences.

6. The “Peacock Warriors Are Marching” fundraising campaign of the Southern Support Force will run from August 24 to October 1

Reportedly, the “Peacock Warriors Are Marching” fundraising campaign organised by the Southern Support Force will run from August 24 to October 1.

The campaign aimed to raise the funds needed to purchase a vehicle as well as other essential items for the Southern Support Force. The campaign’s goal was set at 100 million MMK (approximately 35,000 USD), and each raffle ticket costs 30,000 MMK.

The campaign will raffle off the “Peacock Warriors Are Marching” artwork painted by U Min Ko Naing, one combat pant worn by a member of the Support Force during a support mission, a pair of combat boots worn by another member of the Support Force, and ten digital copies of the “Peacock Warriors Are Marching” artwork.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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