Myanmar ex-beauty queen turns jungle fighter against junta

Then and now: Htar Htet Htet

In Myanmar’s current dire state of affairs, people opposed to the junta are increasingly taking things in their own hands.

In a latest development, a former Myanmar beauty queen has joined ethnic rebels to take up arms against the country’s military regime, posting photos of herself with an assault rifle in the jungle.

Htar Htet Htet, who represented Myanmar in the first Miss Grand International beauty pageant in Thailand in 2013, competing with 60 contestants, seems to give the situation a Che Guevara-like revolutionary aesthetic, observers noted.

Indeed, she even referred to the Cuban revolutionary on her Facebook page:

“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall. (Che Guevara) We must win,” Htar Htet Htet tweeted.

“I will fight back as much as I can. I am ready and prepared to give up everything. I am even ready to pay with my life,” she wrote.

A fighter not alone

The meanwhile 32-year-old gymnastics instructor is now in a jungle camp in a Myanmar border region controlled by ethnic armed groups, saying that “everyone must do their bit for the revolution to succeed.”

And she is not alone. A number of Myanmar celebrities, including this year’s Miss Grand Myanmar contestant Han Lay, are outspoken critics of the military junta but stopped just before becoming a jungle fighter.

Thousands fleeing to border regions

The February 1, 2021 coup ended the country’s decade-long experiment with democracy after half a century of military rule. So far, more than 780 civilians have died as security forces moved to quash mass protests with a brutal crackdown.

Thousands of people from urban parts of Myanmar have fled to border regions, including many with links to former state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party and others facing arrest for their involvement in the protest movement and labour strikes.

Ethnic armed rebel groups have stepped up attacks on the military and police in recent months, raising fears of Myanmar spiraling into broader civil conflict. The military has retaliated with air strikes that have displaced tens of thousands of civilians.



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Then and now: Htar Htet Htet In Myanmar's current dire state of affairs, people opposed to the junta are increasingly taking things in their own hands. In a latest development, a former Myanmar beauty queen has joined ethnic rebels to take up arms against the country's military regime, posting photos of herself with an assault rifle in the jungle. Htar Htet Htet, who represented Myanmar in the first Miss Grand International beauty pageant in Thailand in 2013, competing with 60 contestants, seems to give the situation a Che Guevara-like revolutionary aesthetic, observers noted. Indeed, she even referred to the Cuban...

Then and now: Htar Htet Htet

In Myanmar’s current dire state of affairs, people opposed to the junta are increasingly taking things in their own hands.

In a latest development, a former Myanmar beauty queen has joined ethnic rebels to take up arms against the country’s military regime, posting photos of herself with an assault rifle in the jungle.

Htar Htet Htet, who represented Myanmar in the first Miss Grand International beauty pageant in Thailand in 2013, competing with 60 contestants, seems to give the situation a Che Guevara-like revolutionary aesthetic, observers noted.

Indeed, she even referred to the Cuban revolutionary on her Facebook page:

“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall. (Che Guevara) We must win,” Htar Htet Htet tweeted.

“I will fight back as much as I can. I am ready and prepared to give up everything. I am even ready to pay with my life,” she wrote.

A fighter not alone

The meanwhile 32-year-old gymnastics instructor is now in a jungle camp in a Myanmar border region controlled by ethnic armed groups, saying that “everyone must do their bit for the revolution to succeed.”

And she is not alone. A number of Myanmar celebrities, including this year’s Miss Grand Myanmar contestant Han Lay, are outspoken critics of the military junta but stopped just before becoming a jungle fighter.

Thousands fleeing to border regions

The February 1, 2021 coup ended the country’s decade-long experiment with democracy after half a century of military rule. So far, more than 780 civilians have died as security forces moved to quash mass protests with a brutal crackdown.

Thousands of people from urban parts of Myanmar have fled to border regions, including many with links to former state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party and others facing arrest for their involvement in the protest movement and labour strikes.

Ethnic armed rebel groups have stepped up attacks on the military and police in recent months, raising fears of Myanmar spiraling into broader civil conflict. The military has retaliated with air strikes that have displaced tens of thousands of civilians.



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