March 27 - Myanmar celebrates the 69th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in the capital Naypyitaw. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Myanmar's military marched in front of the presidential palace to mark the 69th anniversary of Armed Forces Day on Thursday (March 27).
The annual event commemorates the start of the army's resistance against the Japanese occupation in 1945.
The Commander-in-Chief General Min Aung Hlaing said the Tatmataw or Myanmar Armed Forces has played an important role in the country's history.
The 1962 coup d'état on March 2,1962 marked the beginnings of socialist rule and the political dominance of the army and on August 8 1988, mass demonstrations were held across the country that were later crushed by the army.
Myanmar has ordered Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to halt all its work in the country, leaving tens of thousands of people without vital care, the medical aid group said earlier this month.
The United Nations and human rights groups say at least 40 Rohingya were killed by security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist civilians in a restricted area of the state in January.
Myanmar's government has denied any massacre took place. If confirmed, the massacre would take to at least 277 the number of people killed in religious conflict across Myanmar since June 2012. More than 140,000 people have been displaced.
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