A Burmese beauty queen was stripped of her crown for speaking out against violence in the politically chaotic state of Rohingya, according to a report Tuesday.
Shwe Eain Si, 19, claims she lost her Miss Grand Myanmar title because she posted a video online bashing Muslim Rohingya militants for attacking a Burmese police post last month, BBC News reports.
In the video, which she posted on Facebook last week, she called the insurgents “harbingers of terror and violence” who act “as if they are oppressed,” the outlet reported.
Pageant organizers dethroned her Sunday for breach of contract because she failed to “behave like a role model,” according to the Daily Mail.
But the beauty queen claimed she hadn’t broken any rules by talking about politics.
“Yes, [I] made a video about the reign of terror brought about by the Arsa militants in Rakhine state, but that was hardly qualified as a failure to project a decent image of a pageant contestant,” she vented later on Facebook.
The latest outbreak of violence in the region started in late August when militants attacked security posts, prompting a military crackdown.
Burmese military has been accused of conducting ethnic cleansing and carrying out widespread atrocities against the Muslim Rohingya people.
More than 500,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh.