Myanmar’s Thuzar Wint Lwin again used her Miss Universe platform again to speak out about the crisis in her home country.
“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said in a video spiel played after she made it to the top 21 at the pageant’s finals night on May 17 (May 16 in Florida, where the pageant is being held).
“Therefore, I would like to urge everyone to speak out about Myanmar. As Miss Universe Myanmar, since the military coup I have been speaking out as much as I can,” she said in Burmese as the video flashed photos of her attending protests.
In February, military forces seized control of Myanmar, detaining elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of the National League for Democracy, her political party.
Since then, the country has been in a state of unrest as citizens continue to protest the military takeover. At least 788 civilians have died, including 52 children, while over 3,000 have been detained.