Myanmar’s Miss Universe contestant, Thuzar Wint Lwin, used the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday to urge the world to speak out against the military junta, whose security forces have killed hundreds of opponents since it seized power in a Feb. 1 coup, Reports Reuters.
“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said in a video message for the competition, 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 said.
Myanmar’s junta spokesman did not answer calls seeking comment about this regard.
Thuzar Wint Lwin is among dozens of Myanmar celebrities, actors, social media influencers, and sportspeople who have voiced opposition to the coup, in which elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown and detained.