Summary of News

1. National Unity Government extends a letter for the 2715th Anniversary of Ta’ang National New Year

The National Unity Government conveyed a letter on the occasion of the 2715th anniversary of the Ta’ang National New Year, observed on December 16. The letter expressed wishes for the swift achievement of the shared goals of the People’s Spring Revolution, which are the elimination of various forms of dictatorship, including military dictatorship, and the realization of a new federal democratic union founded on principles of equality, mutual respect, and recognition in collaboration with the Ta’ang people.

Highlighting the challenges faced under the oppression of military dictatorship, the letter emphasized the obstacles ethnic communities encounter in preserving their traditions, culture, literature, and traditional festivities. It underscored that the fundamental rights of all ethnic groups are jeopardized in such situations.

The NUG conveyed that, in pursuit of escaping these adversities, ethnic groups have united in the People’s Spring Revolution, sacrificing their blood and sweat. The NUG emphasized the persistent united effort of Ta’ang ethnic leaders and the Ta’ang community, alongside other ethnic groups, in bravely resisting successive military dictatorships, leading up to the present-day People’s Spring Revolution.

2. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun calls on the UN Security Council to enforce an Action-Oriented Follow-up Resolution based on Resolution 2669 on Myanmar

At the Open Debate on “Addressing the threat posed by diversion, illicit trafficking and misuse of small arms and light weapons and their ammunition to peace and security” held at the United Nations Security Council on December 15, Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the UN, urged the Security Council to enforce an action-oriented follow-up resolution based on Resolution 2669 on Myanmar.

Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun underscored that nearly a year has passed since the endorsement of UN Security Council Resolution 2669 concerning Myanmar, yet the tragic situation in the country persists. In light of this ongoing tragedy, the Ambassador stressed the urgent need for a follow-up Security Council resolution that includes enforcement measures to save lives in Myanmar. He urged the UN Security Council to take decisive action without delay.

Furthermore, Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun urged each individual member state to earnestly acknowledge the worsening humanitarian crisis stemming from the weapons they export to the military junta. Aligning with the UN General Assembly resolution 75/287 concerning Myanmar, adopted in June 2021, he appealed to all member states to refrain from facilitating the military junta’s ability to terrorize and harm the people of Myanmar. This includes preventing the supply of arms, munitions, jet fuel, and other surveillance technologies into the hands of the illegitimate and inhumane junta.

3. Operation 1027: Military junta members, including a major, were captured as prisoners in the Northern Shan State

In the clashes in Namhkam, Mantong, and Kutkai in northern Shan State, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) captured military junta troops, including a major, as prisoners. This was disclosed in the military news summary on the 51st day of Operation 1027, released by the Three Brotherhood Alliance on December 16.

The statement indicated that on December 16, the military junta utilized heavy artillery shelling and airstrikes to defend its firmly established Sakhanthit hilltop outpost in Namhkam. Additionally, the junta bolstered its military strength and supplies at the Sakhanthit hilltop outpost through helicopter deliveries. In response, the TNLA launched an attack on these reinforcements, successfully acquiring numerous weapons, ammunition, and other military equipment while capturing several military junta troops, including a major and a sergeant.

The TNLA declared its ongoing offensives against the junta’s Infantry Battalion 130 base in Mantong and an outpost in Kutkai.

The TNLA reported that the military junta also conducted an airstrike on Namsang Town, captured by the TNLA, using a fighter jet. Furthermore, the junta employed a Y-12 attack helicopter to conduct 42 airstrikes on villages near Mantong Town.

According to the statement, the junta also reinforced its military strength at its bases in Mongngawt and Mantong by utilizing helicopters.

4. Strike Committee urges Monywa Prison Authorities to apologize to political prisoners for physical and psychological torture

On December 15, the Monywa Public Strike Leading Committee issued a statement, urging the authorities of Monywa Prison to offer an apology to political prisoners who have endured physical and psychological torture.

The statement indicates that the recently appointed prison warden, Zaw Myint Oo, and prison officer, Tin Aung San Win, are engaging in the physical and psychological torture of political prisoners who are unjustly detained.

During the routine weekly assembly on a Monday, when prisoners failed to greet the prison warden with a “Mingalaba” upon his arrival at the prison dormitory, he compelled them to squat in the field and insulted them with obscene words. In addition, the warden and prison staff further mistreated the prisoners by trampling on their beds, blankets, clothes, and other personal belongings within the dormitory.

Following this incident, when political prisoners engaged in discussions with prison authorities, including the warden and officer, in an attempt to prevent the continuation of such behaviors, the authorities took political prisoners one by one to the warden’s office and beat them, as outlined in the statement.

Furthermore, the statement reveals that the prison authorities issued threats to Ko Wai Moe Naing, the leader of the Monywa Public Strike Leading Committee, who is currently imprisoned, stating, “It would be your turn soon.”

In response to these actions, the Monywa Public Strike Leading Committee has warned the prison warden and officer of Monywa Prison, urging them to apologize to all the prisoners, including political prisoners.

The committee also calls upon the public to listen to reports of oppression within the prison and to stand in solidarity with the political prisoners facing oppression.

5. Military junta troops burn down 55 houses and 2 oil milling machines in Tharsi village, southern Myaing Township

According to a report from We Love Myaing, on December 15, a combined force of military junta troops and Pyu Saw Htee militia from Twinma village in southern Myaing Township conducted an arson assault on Tharsi village, resulting in the destruction of 55 residences, two oil milling machines, a considerable amount of peanuts, and the loss of 13 goats.

We Love Myaing indicated that it was in retaliation for an earlier incident on the same day in which local people’s defense forces ambushed a military convoy transporting rations from junta’s Infantry Division 101 based in Pakokku and the combined column of junta troops and Pyu Saw Htee militia guarding the convoy. The ambush resulted in at least 20 casualties, including the commander.

Tharsi village had previously experienced an arson attack by military junta troops and Twinma Pyu Saw Htee on June 9, 2022, resulting in the destruction of 12 houses.

6. Drone strike targets Longlon Police Station, resulting in three casualties among junta members

On December 16, the Launglon Township People’s Defense Organization (Launglon Pa-Ka-Fa/PDO) announced that they had successfully executed a drone strike on the Launglon Police Station in the Tanintharyi Region, resulting in the deaths of three junta members.

The drone strike was carried out on December 15 while junta troops were inside the police station, distributing items they had confiscated earlier that day from PyinHtain village and SitPyae village. The attack led to the deaths of one police officer and two junta members, causing severe injuries to eight others, according to the Launglon Township People’s Defense Organization.

Reports indicate that at around 6:00 a.m. on December 15, military junta forces conducted a raid on villages in Launglon Township, looting gold, money, 27 motorcycles, and other belongings from PyinHtain village and SitPyae village.

The Launglon Township People’s Defense Organization issued a cautionary message to local residents, advising them to remain vigilant as clashes could erupt at any time, given the escalating pace of warfare nationwide.

7. Local defense forces launch a drone strike on a Navy base under Mawyawaddy Regional Command in Tanintharyi

According to reports, local people’s defense forces initiated a drone strike on a Navy base under the Mawyawaddy Regional Command, located in Ohn Pin village within the Kanbauk village tract of Yebyu Township in the Tanintharyi Region. The local defense forces executed a drone attack involving three grenades on the Navy base, which had multiple anti-drone jammers installed. The incident occurred around 8:15 a.m. on December 15.

During the attack, the drone grenades detonated in close proximity to the officers’ residences and the office, potentially resulting in the deaths of at least three, as reported by a member of the local defense forces.

Subsequent to the drone strike, the Navy base reportedly responded by firing indiscriminate artillery shells at the surrounding villages. Furthermore, it was reported that the Navy base imposed restrictions on the entry and exit points of the Kanbauk area and conducted inspections.

The Navy base in Kanbauk, affiliated with the Mawyawaddy Regional Command, is the headquarters for the 2nd Fleet (Heinze) of the Myanmar Navy and is also a naval training school.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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