Suu Kyi will not attend Independence Day parade in Nay Pyi Taw

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she will not attend the 67th Independence Day’s grand military review parade in Nay Pyi Taw. Instead, she will attend the Independence Day parade in Yangon, she told reporters at her office on Tuesday.

The Independence Day grand military review parade will be held on in Nay Pyi Taw on January 4 and will include an appearance by Presiden Thein Sein.

The armed forces showcased fighter jets, tanks, long-range artillery, missiles and helicopters in the rehearsals that began on December 26 and ended on January 1.

Beside the armed forces, representatives from various ministries and the Myanmar Police Force and scouts will also salute the president at the parade.

The grand military review parade on January 4 will be the first of its type since 1962. Such parades were held from 1949 to 1962, after Myanmar’s independence in 1948.

The parades from 1949 to 1953 were held in front of Yangon City Hall and attended by presidents Sao Shwe Thaik and Dr Ba U. Presidents Ba U and Mahn Win Maung attended the parades from 1954 to 1962 on Pyay Road.

No parades have been held since the military coup in 1962.