Summary of News

1. Union Prime Minister says that NUG is currently preparing a plan to address the junta’s conscription law 

At the 6/2024 meeting of the Interim Local Administration Central Committee (ILACC) held on February 15, Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann remarked regarding the people’s military service law that the military junta enforced on February 10. He said, “I have been informed that during the routine meetings between the Interim Local Administration Central Committee and the people’s administrative teams (Pa-Ah-Fa) from various regions, concerns have been raised regarding the people’s military service law. Therefore, I wish to convey that the National Unity Government is in the process of formulating a plan to address this matter.”

The meeting was attended by Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann, union ministers, deputy ministers, permanent secretaries, associate permanent secretaries, and other relevant officials from various ministries.

2. NUCC urges revolutionary forces, public, and international community to act against conscription law

The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) released a statement on February 15, urging revolutionary forces, the public, and the international community to take a stand against the junta-imposed conscription law. The NUCC emphasised that the junta’s reckless enforcement of the conscription law showcases its failure and exacerbates the oppression faced by the people in their daily lives. Additionally, the compulsory conscription places the country’s youth and students in the midst of war, effectively using them as human shields, which constitutes a blatant war crime.

The NUCC states that the junta’s actions are contributing to an unstable regional dynamic, calling on neighbouring countries and the international community to take decisive measures against the military’s atrocities and urging them to provide humanitarian assistance to Myanmar people and youths who are fleeing their own country. The statement encourages revolutionary forces and the public to respond to the compulsory conscription law.

Furthermore, the NUCC expressed its commitment to collaborating with the National Unity Government (NUG) and all revolutionary forces to implement necessary plans and arrangements for the protection of people and youth.

3. Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung and Humanitarian Affairs Minister Prof. Dr. Win Myat Aye to meet with Myanmar revolutionary community in France

The National Unity Government (NUG)’s Union Ministers— Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung and Humanitarian Affairs Minister Prof. Dr. Win Myat Aye—will have a town hall meeting with Myanmar revolutionary families residing in France in Paris on February 25. The two union ministers will provide the current state of the revolution.

4. Thai Embassy in Yangon restricts visa applicants due to high volume of applications

Due to a significant increase in visa applicants following the military junta’s enforcing of compulsory military service law, the Thai Embassy in Yangon announced on February 14 that only 400 applicants per day will be accommodated, effective on the same day. A queue system will be implemented, with tokens distributed starting at 8:30 a.m., half an hour before the office opening hours. Applicants themselves will need to queue, and visa applications will be accepted starting at 9:00 a.m.

“Outside the embassy, there are brokers operating, and some individuals have fallen victim to fraudulent visa application services. The area around the embassy is crowded with a significant number of visa applicants, many of whom are young people,” a passerby said.

5. Mothers and children escaping Pyu Saw Htee-controlled village receive support from Pale Township People’s Administration Team

On February 15, the Pale Township People’s Administration Team (Pale Pa-Ah-Fa) announced that they had provided shelter and support to two mothers and their four children who fled from Zee Phyu Kone village in Pale Township. This village is under the control of the Pyu Saw Htee militia, supported by the military junta. The refugees were asked to sign a self-confession stating that they would refrain from contacting, interacting with, or providing information to the Pyu Saw Htee militia, with punishment for violations. Among the escapees are two mothers and their children, aged 3, 6, and 15. They were provided with financial assistance amounting to 120,000 kyat, two tarpaulin sheets for shelter, and some clothing.

To date, over 50 residents from villages under the control of the Pyu Saw Htee militia in Pale Township, including Inn Ma Htee village and Zee Phyu Kone village, have sought refuge with the Pale Township Administrative Team.

6. EOD releases a list of remaining projects for purchase

The End of Dictatorship (EOD) has published a list of available properties, including land plots, condominiums, apartments, and shares still up for purchase.

As of February 13, there are 23,575 EOD shares remaining from the InyaView @6.5 Mile project, 2500 apartment units (152 Studios, 352 1-Bedroom, 679 2-Bedroom, and 1,371 3-Bedroom) from the Spring Bliss housing investment projects 1, 2, and 3, 232 apartment units (36 1-Bedroom+, 81 2-Bedroom+, and 115 3-Bedroom+) from the Spring Inya Condominium project, and 688 land plots (189 in Mandalay, 11 in Pyin Oo Lwin, and 488 in Yangon) from the Spring Investment Project.

The InyaView @6.5 Mile project involves the sale of residential properties illegally acquired by Min Aung Hlaing, the leader of the terrorist group. These properties, located at six and a half miles in Yangon, will be confiscated post-revolution and are being sold to raise revolutionary funds. The land has been divided into 70,000 shares, each priced at $100, which is one-third of its market value.

The Spring Bliss Housing Investment projects offer affordable housing with four types of apartment units: studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units, priced at $4,400, $6,600, $8,800, and $11,400, respectively. Only 30% of the total cost is required to be paid during the revolution, with twelve-month instalments available. These projects will be developed on lands illegally confiscated by the military in Hlaingthaya, South Dagon, and Mingaladon Townships in the post-revolution period.

The Spring Inya Condominium is another EOD housing investment project, where high-end condominiums with one-bedroom+, two-bedroom+, and three-bedroom+ options will be built on a site near Inya Lake. These properties, part of the 30 acres of terrorist military-owned land on Parami Road, will be confiscated post-revolution and are priced at $29,250, $42,000, and $54,000, respectively, with only 40% of the total cost needing to be paid during the revolution and six-month instalments available. 

Land purchases can be made through EOD agents worldwide, and the EOD has clarified that foreigners who are not Myanmar citizens are also eligible to buy land plots, apartments, and condo units. In the post-revolution period, special decree laws will be enacted to allow foreign nationals to own land plots and apartment and condo units for EOD projects.

7. Military junta exerting substantial effort to defend Ramree and Rathedaung Towns against AA, utilising ground, air, and naval forces

Following the Arakan Army (AA)’s capture of all military bases in Minbya, Kyauktaw, Mrauk-U, and Pauktaw, the military junta is vigorously defending its bases in Ramree and Rathedaung Towns, employing ground, air, and naval forces, as reported in the 111th Day statement of Operation 1027 by the Three Brotherhood Alliance on February 14.

On February 14 alone, the junta conducted 10 aerial bombardments using fighter jets and continuous machine gun fire from a Mi-35 helicopter in Ramree (Yanbye) Town, causing explosions and destruction in residential areas and pagodas. Additionally, a military outpost situated on Thein Taung pagoda hill near Ramree Town, along with Naval Vessel No. 41, fired at least 28 artillery shells at Ramree Town.

Similarly, in Rathedaung, the junta carried out continuous attacks from fighter jets, ground forces, and naval vessels to defend its police station, according to the statement.

Local reports indicate ongoing intense fighting between the AA and the military junta in Rakhine State with the military junta’s coordinated defence, employing ground, naval, and air forces, following the AA’s successful capture of four towns—Minbya, Kyauktaw, Mrauk-U, and Pauktaw—as well as border guard outposts in Buthidaung and Maungdaw. 

8. Military junta abandons long-standing outposts in KNU Brigade 5 territory in Hpapun District, Karen State

The Karen National Union (KNU) Brigade 5 announced that the military junta forces have vacated two long-standing outposts in Hpapun (Mutraw) District, Karen State, after the combined forces of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and affiliated revolutionary groups besieged them.

The military forces operating under the 349th Light Infantry Battalion (LIB-349), previously stationed at Lel Kalay Kyoe outpost, vacated on the morning of February 10 and joined Kyu Lu outpost. Subsequently, on February 11, they abandoned the Kyu Lu outpost and congregated at the Maw Phu strategic outpost. These military posts, Lel Kalay Kyoe and Kyu Lu, had been stationed by the military junta since 1997 and 2007, respectively.

The KNU said that they had joined forces with allies to launch an offensive again on the Maw Phu strategic outpost.

9. Revolutionary forces initiate an attack on the military junta’s central armament factory security gate in Natmauk, Magway Region

On the evening of February 14, a combined revolutionary force consisting of the Nay Pyi Taw regional military battalion 902, the Natmauk people’s defence force, and the Oppressed People’s Revolutionary Force PLA (OPRF-PLA), operating under the Central Military Command of the People’s Defence Force (PDF), launched an attack at the security gate of the military junta’s armament factory in Ywar Mun village, Natmauk Township, Magway Region, from a distance of 200 yards.

The military junta troops fired back, but the combined revolutionary forces managed to withdraw unharmed.

The extent of casualties among junta troops is not yet known.

10. A woman killed in an unprovoked airstrike conducted by the military junta in Kyunhla, Sagaing Region

According to the Kyunhla-Kanbalu Activist Group, the military junta conducted an unprovoked airstrike in Kyunhla Township, targeting areas near Maw Tonne village and Pay Pin Chaung village. The strike hit a shop in Maw Tonne village, resulting in its destruction and the tragic death of the female shop owner. Additionally, the airstrike caused injuries to a woman from Maw Tonne village and another woman from Pay Pin Chaung village.

Later in the evening, another airstrike occurred along the road connecting Wai Thaw village and Pay Pin Chaung village. This strike hit a vehicle travelling on the road, injuring the driver.

The military has been repeatedly targeting non-military locations such as civilian villages, religious sites, internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, schools, and hospitals. On February 1, similar unprovoked airstrikes were carried out against Thin Taw, Zaw Chaung, Nyaung Kone, Pint Thar, Ma Gyi Kone, and Zee Kone villages in Kanbalu Township, as reported by the Kyunhla-Kanbalu Activist Group.

11. PDF Khayan welcomes new recruits to join the fight against the military dictatorship

On February 14, the People’s Defence Force-Kayan (PDF-Kayan), a local people’s defence force based in the Yangon Region, initiated a recruitment campaign welcoming new members. 

The PDF-Kayan stated that, given the prevailing circumstances, they have launched a one-month recruitment drive for individuals who are keen to take on revolutionary responsibilities.

Those interested can find additional details and criteria by visiting the PDF-Kayan’s Facebook page or contacting them through Facebook Messenger.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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