Former pageant queen in Myanmar sides with ethnic armies opposing military coup

Photo via Facebook/ Htar Htet Htet

A former pageant queen Htar Htet Htet has been vocal about her opposition to the military takeover in her home country, Myanmar. But recently, she took her stance even farther by posting a photo of herself in a black combat outfit with an assault rifle, showing support for the ethnic armies fighting against the state military.

The Myanmar military took over the civilian government in February, ousting the state counsellor who had won the election in a landslide. Since then around 750 people have been killed by security forces.

Ethnic armies that occupy border regions have opposed the military takeover, including the prominent armed wing of the Karen National Union. Recently, Karen troops attacked and took over a state military outpost near the Thai border. Around 2,000 people have fled to Thailand to escape the violence.

The 32 year old, who represented Mynamar in the 2013 Miss Grand International pageant in Thailand, wrote on Facebook saying “the time has come to fight back.”

“Whether you hold a weapon, pen, keyboard or donate money to the pro-democracy movement, everyone must do their bit for the revolution to succeed.

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.”

Former pageant queen in Myanmar sides with ethnic armies opposing military coup | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.


  1. Is she even in Myanmar, or is this some publicity photo to promote her supposed career?
    Being a clamorous freedom fighter will put her in dozens of newspapers all over the world.

  2. Before she had my support.

    Now, posing with a toy gun from the safety of Thailand while claiming to be “even ready to pay with my life”, getting publicity from those who’ve genuinely “given up everything” and paid with their lives, she just has my disgust.

  3. @EdwardV, girls do take care of themselves when not in a combat situation. There is no point that this picture is staged. She can’t walk the streets of Yangon any longer after she chose sides.

  4. In hindsight, it’s impossible to say if she’s in Thailand or not so that was unfair – but very easy to see that she’s carrying a toy AK 74 (bb / airsoft / whatever).

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