Myanmar’s Miss Universe contestant, Thuzar Wint Lwin, applied the pageant on Sunday to urge the world to speak out against the military junta, whose safety forces have killed hundreds of opponents considering the fact that it seized energy in a Feb. 1 coup.
“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she stated in a video message for the competitors, exactly where she was appearing in the finals at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
“I would like to urge everyone to speak about Myanmar. As Miss Universe Myanmar since the coup, I have been speaking out as much as I can,” she stated.
Myanmar’s junta spokesman did not answer calls in search of comment.
Thuzar Wint Lwin is amongst dozens of Myanmar celebrities, actors, social media influencers and sports persons who have voiced opposition to the coup, in which elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown and detained.
At least 790 persons have been killed by safety forces considering the fact that the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group. It says more than 5,000 persons have been arrested, with some 4,000 nonetheless detained – such as a number of celebrities.
Thuzar Wint Lwin did not make it to the last round of the Miss Universe competitors, but she won the award for Best National Costume, which was based on the ethnic costume of her Chin persons from northwestern Myanmar, exactly where fighting has raged in current days amongst the army and anti-junta militia fighters.
As she paraded with her national costume, she held up a placard that stated “Pray for Myanmar”.