NEW DELHI: India was among eight countries that chose to send a representative to Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day parade on Saturday. More than 100 people were killed the same day in Myanmar by the military junta which seized power in a coup last month.
The UN on Sunday strongly condemned the Myanmar military’s “widespread, lethal, increasingly systematic attacks against peaceful protesters, as well as other serious violations of human rights since it seized power on February 1.”
According to media reports, only eight countries – Russia, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and India – attended the parade in Naypyitaw that was televised live apparently to intimidate the protesters. India’s military attache in Myanmar attended the parade.
India’s presence at the parade comes at a time when questions are being raised about the government’s silence on the military coup and violence against the protesters.
India’s reaction has so far been limited to expressing “deep concern” and calling for rule of law and democratic process to be upheld. It has also called upon the Myanmar leadership to work together to resolve their differences in a peace-ful manner. India drew flak from pro-democracy and anti-junta groups in Myanmar for being the only real democratic country to send a representative to the parade.
News Source: The Times Of India