Strife-torn Myanmar’s bet to the recently-concluded Miss Universe 2020 pageant in Hollywood, Florida, USA was recently given “political refuge” in the United States by her expat kababayan.
It was learned that Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin was unstintingly embraced by the Burmese community in Indianapolis, Indiana after she expressed fears she would be imprisoned (and possibly killed) by Myanmar’s military leaders if she were forced to return to her homeland.
Thuzar became an overnight sensation after she bravely displayed a poster, during the pageant’s national costume segment, slamming the coup carried out last February by Myanmar’s military leaders against the democratically-elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
International wire reports claimed that so far over 800 supporters of the Suu Kyi regime have been killed by security forces as the brutal crackdown on anti-coup protesters continues to spiral.
Thuzar feared possible prosecution back home when she lifted over her head a huge poster saying “Pray for Myanmar” during the national costume show of the 69th Miss Universe competition.
In the introduction video sent to the Miss Universe organizers, Thuzar said: “Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day. As Miss Universe Myanmar, I have been speaking out as much as I can.”