torsdag 8. april 2021

Myanmar: Celebrity model arrested amid coup crackdown

One of Myanmar's most popular celebrities has been arrested by the military as part of a growing crackdown on artists and actors. Paing Takhon, a model and actor with millions of fans in Myanmar and Thailand, had been active in both online protests and in-person rallies. Takhon's Instagram - with more than a million followers - has been taken down along with his Facebook account.

The military seized power in a coup on 1 February, sparking weeks of protests. Around 600 civilians have been killed as forces respond to the demonstrations with increasing levels of violence.According to a Facebook post by Takhon's sister Thi Thi Lwin, around 50 soldiers with eight military trucks came to arrest him at around 05:00 local time (22:30 GMT Wednesday) on Thursday.