Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Myanmar's Military Autocrats on Parade

Myanmar has held a huge military parade to celebrate its armed forces day. International journalists were allowed rare access to cover the event by the southeast Asian country's repressive military regime. The parade was held in the newly built capital Naypyidaw situated around 400 miles north of the old capital Yangon. The military regime has been condemned internationally for its appalling record on human rights.
The event also marked a rare public appearance for the generals who ensure oppostion to government rule is stifled.
Around 15,000 troops listened to an address by the country's most senior general, Than Shwe. Than Shwe used his speech to warn that the regime would "crush" any opponents of the state.

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