Myanmar Junta Holds Parade on Major Holiday, Announces Prisoner Amnesty| New Updates!

YANGON: Myanmar’s junta demonstrated its military might with a parade in the capital Naypyitaw on Saturday,

with its commander Min Aung Hlaing defending the country’s military takeover as vital to safeguard the country from adversaries both internal and international.

Myanmar’s Union Day, which commemorates the country’s 1947 declaration of independence from British colonial authority, saw the announcement of the release of 814 convicts, according to the government.

On important holidays, it is common for pardons to be issued.

However, it was not immediately obvious whether or if Australian Sean Turnell,

a former economic adviser to deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi who has been incarcerated for more than a year, was among those who had been pardoned.

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Earlier in the morning, there were mobile internet bans starting at 4 a.m. local time, and the parade of army troops and civil officials followed later in the morning.

Delegations from Myanmar’s Karen, Chin, and Kayah states, all of which are embroiled in ethnic and anti-military violent conflicts, were also in attendance.

Myanmar Junta Holds Parade

Myanmar Junta Holds Parade on Major Holiday, Announces Prisoner Amnesty

Min Aung Hlaing has opposed any kind of opposition to the new regime.

During the televised ceremony, he added, “The violence in Myanmar is creating confusion, and people are suffering.”

According to a local media site, the junta spent at least US$5 million on the ceremonial opening.

The General Strike Committee of Nationalities, one of the most important organizations spearheading the protests, announced on Facebook on Saturday that political prisoners being held at Insein jail in Yangon had begun a hunger strike the previous day.

It was unclear how many prisoners had gone on hunger strike at this point.

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The coup that took place on February 1, 2021, brought an end to a decade of democratic reforms and economic progress in Myanmar.

Minister Min Aung Hlaing reaffirmed the junta’s claim that it seized power because it believes Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) was unlawfully elected in the 2020 election.

According to the NLD, it was a democratic victory.

It is estimated that the junta has detained thousands of people, including Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains detained in an undisclosed location facing legal allegations that could land her in prison for as long as 150 years or more.

According to a tally by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, security personnel has killed at least 1,547 persons who have fought the takeover since the coup began (AAPP).
Soldiers have also been slain in battles, according to the junta, who claims that the AAPP numbers are overstated.

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