A Burmese actor and model was recently arrested by Burmese military forces in a crackdown on celebrities who support their opposition.
Paing Takhon, 24, went viral last January after pictures of him disguised as a sexy “monk” were posted on social media.
Takhon had over a million Instagram followers last month, with many of his fans from Myanmar and Thailand. However, his social media accounts were recently deleted following his recent arrest.
After the coup in Myanmar on February 1, the military began targeting public figures who had criticized the recent regime change, according to The Guardian.
Takhon has participated in protests online and in person. Because of his anti-coup remarks, he was arrested last week, BBC reported.
Prior to being detained, Takhon was reportedly in poor physical condition and unable to “to stand or walk properly” for undisclosed reasons. He also allegedly suffered from “Severe depression” an acquaintance of her told the BBC.
He reportedly went to his mother’s home in Yangon County on Thursday. About fifty soldiers arrived around 5 a.m. to take him away despite his weakness. Although it has been said to be “Aware of the consequences” of his actions, he was “Not at all scared.”
Takhon faces charges under Section 505 (a) of Myanmar Penal Code, according to Reuters. This section is intended for anyone who “Makes, publishes or circulates any statement, rumor or report” it could lead a member of the army to mutiny.
According to The Guardian, the Burmese military is currently looking for more than 100 people, many of whom are in hiding. These people range from social media actors and influencers to politicians.
The Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP) in Burma, a non-profit human rights organization, said that as of April 5, 2,728 people were currently in detention, 38 had been sentenced and 570 people had been killed. Many of them are being held in undisclosed locations.
It is not known where Takhon is currently located.
Featured Image via Paing Takhon
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