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

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BANGKOK – A Myanmar model who took refuge in Thailand after speaking out against a military coup in her homeland has been blocked from returning to Bangkok, Thai authorities said on Thursday (Sept 22), over what her manager said was an Interpol notice. Han Lay, who captured international attention last year with a moving beauty pageant speech calling for urgent...

Han Lay, Miss Grand Myanmar looks on during an interview with Reuters in Bangkok on April 2, 2021.BANGKOK – A Myanmar model who took refuge in Thailand after speaking out against a military coup in her homeland has been blocked from returning to Bangkok, Thai authorities said on Thursday , over what her manager said was an Interpol notice.

The 23-year-old was not being detained and arrangements were being made for her to board a flight out of Thailand, the department said in a statement. Myanmar has been crisis since a coup in February last year triggered protests that the military suppressed with lethal force and thousands of arrests.

 

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