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Participants struggle to reach the prizes on the top of greasy slippery poles in Jakarta on August 17, 2016, as part of Indonesia's celebrations to mark its 71st independent day anniversary.

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Participants struggle to reach the prizes on the top of greasy slippery poles in Jakarta as part of Indonesia’s celebrations to mark its 71st independent day anniversary.

A dog with Indonesian national flags on his head walks during a parade a day before Indonesia Independence Day at Kuta on Indonesia's resort island of Bali

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A dog with Indonesian national flags on his head walks during a parade a day before Indonesia Independence Day at Kuta on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali

Muslims hold pigeons dyed in the colours of the Indian flag, during a march to celebrate India's Independence Day in Ahmedabad, India

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Muslims hold pigeons, dyed in the colours of the Indian flag, during a march to celebrate India’s Independence Day in Ahmedabad, India

Sri Lankan military personnel march duri...Sri Lankan military personnel march during the country's 68th Independence Day celebrations in Colombo on February 4, 2016.  Sri Lankan schoolchildren sang their national anthem in the island's minority Tamil language at Independence Day celebrations for the first time in 67 years, in a highly symbolic gesture after decades of civil war. Every year since 1949, the first anniversary of independence from Britain, the anthem Sri Lanka Matha ("Mother Sri Lanka") had been sung at the festivities only in Sinhala, spoken by the island's ethnic Sinhalese majority.   AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHILAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images

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Sri Lankan military personnel march during the country’s 68th Independence Day celebrations in Colombo 

POLAND-POLITICS-FARRIGHT-DEMO...A demonstrator shouts and performs a Nazi salute in front of banner reading "Europe awake" followed by a group of Hungarian Jobbik party representatives during an annual march commemorating Poland's National Independence Day in Warsaw on November 11, 2015. Poland's National Independence Day commemorates the anniversary of the Restoration of a Polish State in 1918. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI        (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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A demonstrator shouts and performs a Nazi salute in front of banner reading “Europe awake” followed by a group of Hungarian Jobbik party representatives during an annual march commemorating Poland’s National Independence Day in Warsaw

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Dancers prepare to perform a traditional Tuvalian dance to their Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga in celebration of Tuvalu’s 37th Independence Day. 

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff waves in a vehicle during a civic-military parade to commemorate Brazil's Independence Day in Brasilia...Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff waves in a vehicle during a civic-military parade to commemorate Brazil's Independence Day in Brasilia, Brazil September 7, 2015. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff waves in a vehicle during a civic-military parade to commemorate Brazil’s Independence Day in Brasilia, Brazil

Indonesian men in teams of 4 try to climb to the top of a greased pole called a panjat pinang in order to get to the prizes tied to the top in Jakarta, Indonesia. Cities and villages across Indonesia celebrated the country's 70th anniversary of Independence with traditional games, and music, and flag raising ceremonies

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Indonesian men in teams of 4 try to climb to the top of a greased pole called a panjat pinang in order to get to the prizes tied to the top in Jakarta, Indonesia. Cities and villages across Indonesia celebrated the country’s 70th anniversary of Independence with traditional games, and music, and flag raising ceremonies

Georgian military personnel march during Independence Day celebration in Tbilisi

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Georgian military personnel march during Independence Day celebration in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Tuesday

A far-right protester holds a flare during the annual far-right rally, which coincides with Poland's National Independence Day in Warsaw November 11, 2014.

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A far-right protester holds a flare during the annual far-right rally, which coincides with Poland’s National Independence Day in Warsaw on Tuesday

An Afghan guard of honour stands as the national anthem plays during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul

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A guard of honour stands as the national anthem plays during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul, Afghanistan.

An Indonesian dancer waits for the start of a cultural parade marking the country's 69th Independence Day celebration in Jakarta...An Indonesian dancer waits for the start of a cultural parade marking the country's 69th Independence Day celebration in Jakarta August 18, 2014.

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An Indonesian dancer waits for the start of a cultural parade marking the country’s 69th Independence Day celebration in Jakarta. 

College students with painted faces pose as they take part in India's Independence Day celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai.

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College students with painted faces pose as they take part in India’s Independence Day celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai.

Indian National Cadet Corps

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Indian National Cadet Corps (NCC) personnel from the recently formed southern Indian state of Telangana take part in a full dress rehearsal for the 68th Independence day celebrations at Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad on Wednesday

An athlete pulls a 15-tonne truck during a Truck-Pull event marking the upcoming Independence Day in the Belarus capital Minsk,  on July 3, 2014.  The former Soviet nation celebrates its Independence Day on July 3 in memory of the end of Belarus occupation by Nazi Germany troops during the Red Army main summer offensive in 1944.

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An athlete pulls a 15-tonne truck during a Truck-Pull event marking Independence Day in the Belarus capital Minsk

An Israeli child holds a rocket launcher

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An Israeli child holds a rocket launcher as another holds her doll during a traditional military weapon display to mark the 66th anniversary of Israel’s Independence at the West Bank settlement of Efrat on Tuesday.

Indian school children dressed in traditional attire perform during a function to mark India's Independence Day in Bangalore, India, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.

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Indian schoolchildren dressed in traditional attire perform during a function to mark India‘s Independence Day in Bangalore, India, Thursday.

Indian students, their faces painted with the colours of their national flag, pose on the eve of Independence day in Allahabad on August 14, 2013. India celebrates its 66th independence anniversary from British rule on August 15. AFP PHOTO/ SANJAY KANOJIASanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

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Students, their faces painted with the colours of the Indian national flag, prepare for Independence Day in Allahabad on Wednesday. India celebrates its 66th independence anniversary from British rule on Thursday 

Students wait for their turn to perform national songs at a ceremony to celebrate the country's 67th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi August 14, 2013. Pakistan gained independence from British rule in 1947. Jinnah is generally regarded as the founder of Pakistan. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION ANNIVERSARY)

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Students wait their turn to perform national songs at a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan’s 67th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, on Wednesday. The country gained independence from British rule in 1947. 

Members of the National Cadet C...TOPSHOTS Members of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) march past during a full dress rehearsal for Independence Day celebrations in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on August 13, 2013. India will celebrate its 67th Independence Day on August 15.  AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAMNOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images

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Members of India’s National Cadet Corps conduct a dress rehearsal for Independence Day celebrations in Secunderabad on Tuesday. India will celebrate its 67th Independence Day on Thursday.