Paing Takhon, one of Myanmar’s most popular celebrities, has been sentenced to three years in prison for taking part in mass protests against the military coup that happened in the country in February.
He had attended several anti-coup demonstrations since February and posted openly against the coup on his social media accounts, which have all been taken down.
“We strongly condemn the military coup. We demand immediate release of state counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint, civilian government ministers and elected members of parliament,” he wrote in one post, according to the BBC.
He was one of the numerous celebrities who were arrested as part of a military crackdown on celebrities who have criticized the coup.
Along with about 100 filmmakers, actors, celebrities and journalists – several of whom have gone into hiding – he was charged with calling for participation in the Civil Disobedience Movement, damaging the state’s ability to govern and generally inciting people to disturb the peace and stability of the nation, according to the Guardian.
His legal advisor told AFP that Paing Takhon had been sentenced to hard labor and that his family is considering whether to appeal.
Since then, more than 1,178 people have been killed and 7,355 people arrested, charged or sentenced as part of the military crackdown on protesters demonstrating against the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).