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Thailand denies entry to model who denounced Myanmar junta in pageant speech

A Myanmar model who took refuge in Thailand after talking out towards a army 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 yr with a shifting magnificence pageant speech calling for pressing assist for Myanmar’s individuals throughout a army 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 statement.

Nawit Itsaragrisil, founding father of Thailand’s Miss Grand International pageant, who additionally represents Han Lay, stated she had been in 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 want to go anywhere else. She wants to live in Thailand,” he informed Reuters. “She’s waiting for a solution on how she can stay in Thailand.”

Myanmar has been disaster since a coup in February final yr triggered protests that the army suppressed with deadly drive and hundreds of arrests.

Since seizing energy, the junta led by Min Aung Hlaing has launched into a bloody crackdown towards 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 army has been accused of crimes towards humanity and struggle crimes by the United States, the United Nations and different worldwide our bodies because it makes an attempt to assert management over the individuals, who proceed to wage a mass resistance marketing campaign.

A spokesperson for Myanmar’s ruling army 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 in the Miss Grand International 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 yr, she stated her individuals “will never give up”.

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