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’.
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.
In a video posted on her Facebook last week, Miss Grand Myanmar Shwe Eain Si accused the Rohingya militants of leading a “media campaign” to trick the world into thinking “they are the oppressed”.
Shots of Shwe Eain Si speaking to the camera were interspersed with graphic images of people with bloody gashes across their faces, nude babies and screenshots from videos posted by the militant group, known as ARSA (Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army).
The first few minutes of the video can be found at the tweet below.
The original facebook link returned a “Content Not Found” message. Bits of the video are in the report below.