Democracy movement in Myanmar

Earlier this year, the Burmese military apparatus, Tatmadaw, contested the victory of the National League of Democracy (NLD) in an election.

Since then, public figures have taken to social media to voice their opinions against the military’s actions – some have even decided to stay in Thailand. A new addition to the list is Htar Htet Htet, who represented Myanmar in the Miss Grand International pageant in 2013.

Here’s her response to the situation.

Other responses to what’s happening in Myanmar:

Miss Grand International takes arms

The former Miss Grand International posted an image of herself dressed head-to-toe in black holding an assault rifle on 11th May 2021 in a tweet containing four images.

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Image credit: Htar Htet Htet via Bangkok Post

The former Miss Grand International also quotes Cuban revolutionary leader, Che Guevara.

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Screenshot: @HtarHtetHtet2

She also stated on her Facebook page, “I will fight back as much as I can. I am ready and prepared to give up everything. I am even ready to pay with my life.”

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Htar Htet Htet in her Miss Grand International days
Image credit: Htar Htet Htet 

Since the military’s decision to contest the NLD’s victory in February, there have been violent clashes between demonstrators and members of the military – the death count for civilians is 780, reported Bangkok Post.

Staying true – and safe – to yourself

Standing up for what you believe in and using your platform to advocate for others are very noble actions that will surely cause ripples. When taking on such an initiative, it’s important to prioritise your own safety.

Cover images adapted from: Htar Htet Htet (Left), @HtarHtetHtet2 (Right)

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