Burmese actor-model Paing Takhon allegedly detained by military when he was in ill health

The actor has been a vocal critic of the junta.

Matthias Ang | April 08, 2021, 12:51 PM

You probably have heard of Paing Takhon.

Earlier this year in January, the 24-year-old Burmese actor, model, singer, and entrepreneur became an internet sensation after he shared photos of himself in monk attire.

Photo via @Paing Takhon on Instagram

Source: @Paing Takhon on Instagram

Detained by the military on April 8

On Apr. 8, Paing Takhon's manager put up a Facebook post stating that he had been detained by the military at 5am in the morning and that he was also in ill health at the time he was taken away.

The actor had also written about his poor condition on Apr. 7, and called for prayers for peace in the country.



According to his sister, May Chit Thway, Myanmar authorities had purportedly showed up at his house in eight vehicles for his arrest.


The actor's Instagram also appears to have been removed, although it is unclear who has done so.

Why was he detained?

According to The Irrawaddy, Paing Takhon has been a vocal critic of the military coup since it was launched on Feb. 1.

A day after the coup, he slammed the move and called for the release of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, according to Khaosod English.

In March, he criticised the military for shutting down the internet on a periodic basis, and called for online access to be restored.

He has also been photographed flashing the three-finger salute, which is inspired by the Hunger Games films, while dressed in a red shirt with the flag of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

Paing Takhon's popularity also extends beyond Myanmar to neighbouring countries such as Thailand, where has appeared in Thai commercials and shows.


Thus far, the death toll since the coup was first launched stands at nearly 600 casualties, according to The Irrawaddy.

Top image from Paing Takhon Instagram