“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.
Lwin did not make it to the last round of the Miss Universe competition, but won the award for Best National Costume. As she paraded with her national costume, she held up a placard that read: “Pray for Myanmar”.
Miss Universe Myanmar called attention to the violent political crisis in her country during the pageant's national costume show in Hollywood. pic.twitter.com/gh5ou03AeQ— DW News (@dwnews) May 17, 2021
Myanmar’s junta spokesman did not answer calls seeking comment.
The coup in Myanmar started on the morning of February 1, when the military refused to accept the results of the elections, in which the National League for Democracy (NLD), Myanmar’s leading civilian party, won 83 percent of the body’s available seats, which was widely seen as a referendum on the popularity of Ms Aung San Suu Kyi.
The coup was effectively announced on the military-owned Myawaddy TV station when a news presenter cited the 2008 Constitution, which allows the military to declare a national emergency. The state of emergency, he said, will remain in place for one year.
Military commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing has taken power. He said the military was on the side of the people and would form a “true and disciplined democracy”.
The military says it will hold a “free and fair” election once the state of emergency is over.
It has been over 100 days since the anti-democratic step was taken. Since then protests, strikes and a civil disobedience campaign have crippled businesses and the bureaucracy in an overwhelming public rejection of the return of military rule. (UNI)