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Shiite Iraqi Militia Defies US, ISIS
By mushtaq mohammed
02 May 2015

Karbala, Iraq
May 2, 2015

The Iraqi Shiite militia Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades), which is led by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, held a military parade in Karbala in defiance of a recent US Congress bill to send weapons to Sunni and Kurdish fighters directly.
While fighters of various ages chanted slogans against the United States as well as ISIS, a member of the Provincial Council of Karbala who supports Sadr said in an interview that Saraya al-Salam are able to push ISIS out of the areas it still controls.


SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Nasser Hassani, Member of the Provincial Council of Karbala
02:00 – 02:43

“In fact, this demonstration is spontaneous and came in support of the leader [Muqtada al-Sadr] to condemn the decision taken by the US – the different political parties in the US – to divide Iraq. This is the beginning of Iraq’s division, and the leader has mentioned this issue. On the other hand, concerning the liberation of Iraqi territories held by ISIS, we are ready to act upon the request of the leader. We have prepared ourselves and set an excellent example for each patriotic individual who loves Iraq and loves his country.”

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The Islamic Youth Shura Council Parad...
By joba
08 Apr 2014

Update: the Islamic Youth Shura Council declares its allegiance to ISIS in February 2015. 

Dozens of armed and masked gunmen from the "Islamic Youth Shura Council" militia roamed the streets of Derna in a military parade on April 7, 2014. According to activists, about 150 militants drove around Derna in SUVs. The "Islamic Youth Shura Council" issued a statement saying it plans to take over security in Derna. The group also announced the formation of a legal committee to settle differences between people and arrange reconciliations on the basis of Sharia law. Since the 2011 revolution, official institutions and security forces have been absent from Derna. After the parade, the militia sent its troops at the city's entrances and set up roadblocks and check-points.

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Myanmar's Revolutionary Karen
By Fabio Polese
30 Jan 2014

The Burmese village of Oo Kray Kee in Karen state celebrates the anniversary of the revolution of the Karen people in 1949. The celebrations of ‘Karen Revolution Day’ take place on January 31 and parades four different paramilitary groups, united into one rebel party as a sign of defiance to Myanmar’s government.

Burma, renamed Myanmar by the military junta in 1989, is composed of a hundred ethnic groups forcibly incorporated during the British colonial period in the nineteenth century. At the end of World War II, a treaty was proposed that would have allowed the post-colonial Burmese ethnic mosaic to establish several federal states. However, the treaty has never been observed. The Karen, who live in the mountainous areas of Eastern Myanmar for more than 2,700 years,started fighting in 1949. Theirs is in fact one of the longest-lasting conflicts in the world.

The Karen are an ethnic minority in Myanmar fighting to preserve their heritage and calling for their own federal state. They have their own political structure, the KNU (Karen National Union) which is democratically elected every four years.

The celebration of Karen Revolution Day is done in several villages in Karen State. The celebration involved military and political leaders Karen and often come to the celebration of other ethnic groups from the rest of Burma (Arakan, Shan, Kachin).
The celebration is a veritable feast. During the day there are military parades, dances and traditional songs Karen and boxing matches. The evening concerts and even dances. During the parades, hundreds of people arrive to attend the ceremony, some come in river boats, battling rain and cold to sing and dance, and watch the parade of volunteer fighters from rebel groups in a show of national aspirations for independence.

In past months, the fighting between the Burmese army and the Karen guerrillas have intensified. Karen armed groups – the KNLA (Karen National Liberation Army), KNDO (Karen National Defense Organisation), DKBA (Democratic Karen Buddhist Army) and KNLA-PC (Karen National Liberation Army Peace Council) – have joined forces to form the KAF (Kawthoolei Armed Forces).

In its statement of unification, the KAF vowed to “protect the Karen people and carry on the struggle until the establishment of an independent state”. In recent days, general Nerdah Mya, leader of KNDO, said that despite the talks for a ceasefire began in 2012, the Burmese government is concerned exclusively with the resources of the Karen province.

Myanmar began a process of democratization after the 2010 elections, but the ethnic clashes in Karen between rebels and government troops did not bode well with the minorities.

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Hezbollah Parade Near Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
By mchreyteh
28 Oct 2005

October 28, 2005
Beirut, Lebanon

Video shows a military parade by Hezbollah in Haret Hreik suburb, south of Beirut.
Hezbollah General Secretary, Hassan Nasrallah, and other Lebanese officials attended the parade which took place on the International Quds Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan.

(Video shot by Hezbollah and obtained by Transterra Media contributor)

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