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Exclusive photos from Turkmenistan’s 21st Independence Day

Turkmenistan has celebrated its 21st Independence Day XXI in full martial pomp. Preparations had been underway for several months; I’ve managed to glean some screen captures from official state television for NewEurasia’s readers to see.

There are obvious parallels between this parade and parades in other communist societies, past (the Soviets) or present (the North Koreans).

Naturally, these included the symbols of our nation’s “progress”, a patent Sovietism now adapted for nationalist purposes, in this case tradition (represented by the horsemen) and global commerce (represented by the model air planes):

The personality cult around our president, the “Arkadag” (protector), is front and center:

There is also the disturbing Hitler-like moment when Berdimuhamedov salutes the military parade. [Ed.: Correction: Berdimuhamedov actually appears to be pointing in the direction of something, not making a salute. NewEurasia apologizes to any offended readers.]

Considering that the population of our country is 5.5 million, the obviously impressive number of people participating and attending is suggestive of the level of coercion that goes on behind the scenes here:

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