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Myanmar beauty queen stripped of her title after accusing Rohingya Muslims of acting as ‘harbingers of terror and violence’


Myanmar beauty queen is stripped of her title after accusing Rohingya Muslims of a ‘caliphate-style movement’ and acting as ‘harbingers of terror and violence’

  • Miss Grand Myanmar Shwe Eain Si stripped of her crown over Facebook post
  • She described Rohingya Muslim militants as a ‘caliphate-style movement’
  • Beauty queen, 19, said they were to blame for violence in Rakhine state 
  • But competition organisers have stripped her of title for ‘breaching her contract’ 

 

A Myanmar beauty queen has been stripped of her title after accusing Rohingya Muslims of being ‘harbingers of terror and violence’ in the ongoing conflict in the Rakhine state.

Shwe Eain Si, 19, who was Miss Grand Myanmar, posted a video on Facebook last week describing the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army a ‘caliphate-style movement’ and said she was using her fame to ‘speak out the truth’.

But organisers of the competition said she was ‘not behaving like a role model’ and took her crown away for breach of contract.

Speaking in English, Miss Eain Si said ARSA, branded a terrorist organisation by Myanmar authorities, was ‘acting as if they are the oppressed’ and said its recent attacks were ‘out of proportion’.

Miss Grand Myanmar Shwe Eain Si, pictured, claims she has been stripped of her title because of a video she posted on Facebook criticising Rohingya Muslims

The beauty queen, pictured, described Rohingya Muslims behind recent attacks on Myanmar government forces as a 'caliphate-style movement'

She also called Rohingya Muslims 'harbringers of terror and violence'

Organisers of the competitions said the 19-year-old, pictured, was 'not behaving like a role model' and was 'in breach of contract'

More than half a million Rohingya have fled from the Myanmar military crackdown in Rakhine State to Bangladesh after it was launched in late August. Pictured are a group of Rohingya at a transit shelter in Bangladesh

 

The beauty queen has since disputed the claims of the competition’s organisers and said ‘none of their accusations were serious enough to dethrone her’ in a Facebook post.

More than half a million Rohingya have fled from the Myanmar military crackdown in Rakhine State to Bangladesh after it was launched in late August.

The campaign has been denounced by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing.

But Myanmar denies this, saying it is fighting Rohingya terrorists who have claimed responsibility for attacks on its security forces.

The government has said anyone verified as a refugee will be allowed to return under a process set up with Bangladesh in 1993.

Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on Monday to work on a repatriation plan, and a Myanmar government spokesman confirmed it would go along with it, provided people could verify their status with paperwork.

Myanmar’s government spokesman said under the 1993 deal even a hospital record was enough to prove residency, but it was only Myanmar, not Bangladesh, that could verify citizenship.

‘We have a policy for the repatriation process and we will go along with that,’ the spokesman, Zaw Htay, told Reuters.

Shwe Eain Si

Shwe Eain Si

Rohingya boys are pictured reaching for humanitarian aid near Balukhali, Bangladesh. The UN has accused Myanmar of 'ethnic cleansing' in the Rakhine region but the government claims it is only targeting 'terrorists'

An agreement is in place between Myanmar and Bangladesh for refugees to return if they can prove they have Myanmar citizenship

 

But many refugees are wary about returning without an assurance of full citizenship, which they say ‘could leave them vulnerable to persecution’.

Last week Myanmar troops uncovered the bodies of 45 Hindu villagers and accused Rohingya Muslims of carrying out a massacre.

Government forces said they discovered mass graves in Rakhine state containing skeletal remains, including of women and children.

Army chiefs said the villagers were killed by the militants who also attacked police outposts.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Myanmar beauty queen stripped of her title after accusing Rohingya Muslims of acting as ‘harbingers of terror and violence’

  1. Obviously, the beauty pageants can’t handle a beautiful woman who is smart and speaks the truth. As of the Rohingya terrorists, they should stay in Bangladesh, where they belong, if Myanmar’s government really cares about its citizens.

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  2. Now you know why I watch News from India NDTV. I have been getting the truth on Myanmar not the crap trash our press is putting out in sympathy for more immigrants coming to Europe to claim benefits, that we, the taxpayer have to pay and lately at a higher rate to keep these freeloaders. If their nations were not so backward there would be work. Praying five times a day won’t get anyone anywhere of course in between the prayers they can grow their own veg, keep a few goats and make their own bread. Trouble is they all want tele’s and mobile phones cos they see it advertised in the west.

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