Two prominent models have been arrested and face criminal charges in Myanmar for allegedly posting “sexually explicit” videos on social media and “destroying the culture of the country,” the Myanmar military announced.
In a statement issued by state media on Friday night, the commission said it had launched “legal proceedings” against models Thinzar Wint Kyaw and Nang Mwe San, alleging they paid for and distributed “sexually oriented” photos and videos online. . Burmese culture.
The two women, both 34 years old and with hundreds of thousands of online followers, were charged with breaching Section 33a of the Electronic Transactions Act 2004, according to the statement.
The aforementioned laws prohibit all acts that “endanger national security, the rule of law and order, social tranquility, as well as national unity, the economy or national culture.”
If convicted, the women face between seven and 15 years in prison.
The junta, which has been in power since the 2021 coup, did not specify when the models were arrested, but noted that the arrests came in a still “ongoing” operation aimed at allegedly threatening “the dignity of women in Myanmar.” “.
The military coup of February 1, 2021, overthrew the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, now imprisoned, and plunged the country into a deep political, economic and social crisis, with frequent clashes between the junta forces and opponents. and persecution and repression by the military.
Tensions have risen in recent days as four regime opponents have been executed, including former NLD MP Phyo Zeya Thaw and activist Ko Jimmy, as well as Japanese filmmaker Toru Kubota, who was arrested while filming the protests. The board in the city of Yangon has become apparent. In recent days.
The authorities’ crackdown has killed 2,138 people and nearly 15,000 people have been arbitrarily arrested in Myanmar since then, according to the Political Prisoners Aid Society.