Thailand denies entry to mannequin who denounced Myanmar junta in pageant speech | CNN

2022-09-23 08:24:45

A Myanmar mannequin who took refuge in Thailand after talking out in opposition to a navy coup in her homeland has been blocked from returning to Bangkok, Thai authorities stated on Thursday, over what her supervisor stated was an Interpol discover.

Han Lay, who captured worldwide consideration final 12 months with a transferring magnificence pageant speech calling for pressing assist for Myanmar’s folks throughout a navy crackdown, didn’t have a legitimate visa to enter Thailand, the immigration division stated.

The 23-year-old was not being detained and preparations have been being made for her to board a flight out of Thailand, the division stated in a press release.

Nawit Itsaragrisil, founding father of Thailand’s Miss Grand Worldwide pageant, who additionally represents Han Lay, stated she had been within the transit space of a Bangkok airport since Wednesday afternoon.

He stated Han Lay was stopped on arrival as a result of she was topic of an Interpol discover.

“She doesn’t need to go anyplace else. She needs to stay in Thailand,” he instructed Reuters. “She’s ready for an answer on how she will keep in Thailand.”

Myanmar has been disaster since a coup in February final 12 months triggered protests that the navy suppressed with deadly power and 1000’s of arrests.

Since seizing energy, the junta led by Min Aung Hlaing has launched into a bloody crackdown in opposition to any opposition to its rule.

The junta’s crackdown has included a number of targets, from pro-democracy and youth teams, to activists, politicians and even celebrities and social media influencers.

The navy has been accused of crimes in opposition to humanity and warfare crimes by america, the United Nations and different worldwide our bodies because it makes an attempt to claim management over the folks, who proceed to wage a mass resistance marketing campaign.

A spokesperson for Myanmar’s ruling navy council couldn’t be reached for remark. Interpol didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon whether or not Han Lay was the topic of an Interpol discover.

Han Lay was a contestant within the Miss Grand Worldwide when movies went viral on social media of her combating again tears on stage when speaking concerning the bloodshed in Myanmar, on a day when greater than 140 demonstrators have been killed.

In an interview with Reuters final 12 months, she stated her folks “won’t ever hand over”.

Han Lay’s Instagram postings point out she has spent many of the previous 12 months in Thailand. She was returning to the nation on a flight from Vietnam when she was denied entry.

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