Miss Grand Myanmar pleads for help for her country

"Today, in my country, Myanmar, while I'm doing speech on this day, there are so many people dying," said Miss Grand Myanmar, Han Lay, during her over two-minute speech on the Miss Grand International pageant stage.

After the bloodiest day since the February 1 military coup, with 114 deaths on Saturday (March 27), thousands of people took to the streets in towns across the country, determined to show their opposition to the relapse into military rule after a decade of democratic reform.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy.