Coup d’Etat in Burma: a famous actor arrested, dozens of personalities hunted down by the junta

Coup d’Etat in Burma: a famous actor arrested, dozens of personalities hunted down by the junta
Coup d’Etat in Burma: a famous actor arrested, dozens of personalities hunted down by the junta

Paing Takhon, a model, actor and singer very famous in Burma and neighboring Thailand, was arrested at his mother’s home in Yangon and detained, according to local media.

Wednesday, in one of his last messages on social networks, the young man of 24 years had indicated “not to be in good health for many days”.

His family could not be reached immediately to give details of his arrest.

The actor was one of the first personalities in the country to condemn the February 1 coup against the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi and to demand her release.

He also participated in several pro-democracy demonstrations where he harangued the crowds with a megaphone.

Paing Takhon was on a list of 120 celebrities – singers, models, journalists – with an arrest warrant. They are accused by the regime of having disseminated information likely to provoke mutinies in the armed forces.

More than 2,800 people have been arrested since February 1. Many, without access to a relative or a lawyer, are missing.

Pro-democracy mobilization continues with scores of workers on strike and entire sectors of the economy paralyzed.

But the crowds are less numerous to demonstrate in the cities for fear of reprisals.

More than 12 civilians were killed by security forces on Wednesday, according to the NGO.

The crisis continues to stir up internationally.

UK denounces junta “intimidation” in London embassy

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab on Thursday denounced the “intimidation” of the Burmese junta following its takeover of the Burmese embassy in London. “We condemn the intimidation of the Burma military regime in London yesterday,” the British foreign minister said in a message posted on Twitter.

He praised the Burmese Ambassador Kyaw Zawar Minn for “his courage” and reiterated his call for an end to the “appalling violence” in Burma and “a rapid restoration of democracy”, after the military coup of the 1st February.

The Burmese ambassador on Wednesday accused a military figure close to the junta, which took power in Rangoon, of “occupying” his embassy in London.

Asked about the identity of those who were inside the building while he was stationed outside, Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn replied to AFP: “the military attaché, they occupy my embassy”.

The diplomat, who in March had given his support to the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi, had previously told the Daily Telegraph that those occupying the embassy had “received instructions from the capital” and therefore did not ‘weren’t going to let me in.

The UK has already sanctioned several junta officials, including army commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, for their role in the military coup, as well as military-linked conglomerates.

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