Pokwang provides shelter for Miss Myanmar after winning Miss Universe 2020 national costume arrest warrant
MANILA, Philippines – The 69th Miss Universe competition may have peaked, but Miss Universe Myanmar 2020 Thuzar Wint Lwin is not yet ready to return home to her beloved country.
The military junta that replaced her government issued an arrest warrant against her.
Like her compatriot Han Lay, who also received a similar mandate after attending the Miss Grand International 2020 in Bangkok, for her outspokenness, she also lobbied for democratic reforms in their country. Civil unrest has displaced more than 250,000 of its citizens.
Thuzar escaped the border patrol by skillfully wearing a well-placed hoodie and dark sunglasses to hide his identity. On her way to her departure for the United States, she sent her suit and evening dress through an international courier company. Unfortunately, all of this never reached him.
The Chin (Chinese-Tibetan) community in the United States helped hastily recreate their lost costume. Called the “Fearless Empress,” the replacement costume won the award for best national costume. During NatCos’ presentation, Thuzar brought a sign with the message “Please pray for Myanmar”. Thuzar’s good performance in the preliminary round made him one of the Top 21 semi-finalists.
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When Thuzar made a distress call for things she needed for foreplay and the final show, one of those who heard her call was Los Angeles-based Filipino fashion designer Kirsten Regalado. Now another Filipina has offered her home as a temporary residence until her country’s crisis is over.
Pokwang actress Marietta Subong in real life in her social media account @ pokwang27 wrote: “Bukas ang aking tahanan para sa ‘yo, Miss Myanmar. Halika muna as aking bahay (at) papakainin kita ng rasted chicken at laing ni mamang. “
Thuzar was deeply moved by this shower of support from the Filipinos, whether they are fans of competitions or not. Despite the permanent mandate, she is firm and active in her position as an activist. It was reported earlier that Thuzar still didn’t know where to go, after his Miss Universe trip ended.
The US Treasury imposed sanctions on 16 senior Myanmar officials and their family members on Monday, citing their support for the government’s “violent and deadly attacks” against the country’s pro-democracy movement.
Among those on the treasury’s blacklist were four members of the State Administrative Council of the military junta, seven ministers, the chairman of the military-controlled electoral commission and the governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar. .
Three other people on the lists were children of state board members who had been sanctioned earlier following the February 1 coup to overthrow the elected government.
Since then, the country has seen protests and strikes that have been forcefully suppressed, killing nearly 800 people, according to a local watch group.
Myanmar’s military regime “violently suppresses the pro-democracy movement in the country and is responsible for the ongoing violent and deadly attacks against the Burmese people, including the killing of children,” Treasury said in a statement.
The Treasury said Canada and Britain are also announcing similar sanctions against junta members.
Since February, the United States and other Western countries have regularly added the main members of the military regime as well as the state enterprises that fund it to their sanctions list to pressure the generals to return to the regime. democracy.
The sanctions aim to exclude them from the global trade and financial system by prohibiting American individuals and companies, including banks with American branches, from doing business with them.
The sanctions also block any assets that individuals may hold under the jurisdiction of the United States.
The death toll is rising
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the civilian leader was ousted by the Aung San Suu Kyi army in February, sparking a massive uprising that authorities have sought to quell with lethal force.
At least 796 people have been killed by security forces since the coup, according to a local watch group, while nearly 4,000 people are behind bars.
Despite the pressure, the junta continues to hold power and has not ceded ground to the demonstrators.
On Sunday, an anti-junta defense force in western Chin state said six opposition members were killed after days of clashes.
Adding to international pressure on the country, the UN General Assembly will assess on Tuesday a draft non-binding resolution calling for “an immediate suspension” of the transfer of arms to the Burmese junta.
The resolution calls for “an immediate suspension of the direct and indirect supply, sale or transfer of all arms, ammunition and other military equipment in Myanmar”.
Meanwhile, the Burmese contestant for the Miss Universe pageant, which ended in Florida on Sunday, used the stage to spread her own message about violence.
“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said in her biographical video, which showed photos of her taking part in the protests against the coup.
On Thursday, she won the award for best national costume while holding up a “Pray for Myanmar” sign. – Agence France-Presse reports