The Arakan Army forced the regime to release its members in Myanmar’s jails in exchange for sending a delegation to Naypyitaw.
Eleven out of 18 of Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups attend the event, in an apparent attempt to preserve the ties.
The regime’s Union Day amnesty is an attempt to fool the international community into believing that it is releasing political prisoners.
The regime issued a ‘pardon order’ for 814 prisoners and dropped criminal proceedings against alleged Arakan Army members to mark the 75th Union Day, state media said.
Also this week, Cambodia’s PM jumped the gun, diplomats snubbed the junta foreign minister, a loyal officer was promoted and a flag relay was held amid a COVID surge.
Uncertainty over regime’s plan to hold preliminary peace talks at the 75th Union Day celebrations with many ethnic armed organizations uninvited or declining to attend.
Min Aung Hlaing will be the first military dictator to hold the parade, which in the past has only been presided over by civilian leaders.