Myanmar Celebrity Paing Takhon Jailed for Three Years for Partaking in Mass Protests

As the international community is aware, Myanmar’s military junta seized Aung San Suu Kyi’s power after claiming election fraud. Since then, the junta has denied the political rights of the Burmese and there has been excessive use of force by the authorities to quell protesters. 

Paing Takhon, Myanmar’s famous model and actor is jailed for three years for actively partaking in mass anti-coup protests following the Myanmar military junta, last February. In addition, he has also been vocal in criticizing the junta online.

According to a Facebook post by his sister, Takhon was arrested in April by approximately 50 soldiers who arrived in eight military trucks at 05:00 local time. Following the arrest, his legal advisor, Khin Maung Myint, Tahon was sentenced to hard labor and his family was considering an appeal.

In some demonstrations he participated in, he voiced out “We strongly condemn the coup”. He also posted a picture of the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been sentenced to four years in prison due to the accusation of inciting insurrection and violating Covid-19 rules.

“We strongly condemn the military coup. We demand immediate release of state counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint, civilian government ministers and elected members of parliament,” wrote Rakhon in one of his online posts. 

Following his arrest, his Instagram account that has over a million followers and his Facebook account was taken down. An anonymous acquaintance of Takhon, mentioned that when he was arrested, Takhon had depression and physical problems as well that he could not even “stand properly”.

Even so, his acquaintance said that he was well “aware of the consequences” of his actions and “not scared at all”.

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