HONG KONG — A Canadian beauty queen lashed out at Beijing today (Nov 27), saying she was barred from boarding a flight from Hong Kong to China to compete in a pageant because of her human rights activism.
Chinese-born Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old actress crowned Miss World Canada in May, said that China was blocking her from travelling to the seaside resort city of Sanya for the Miss World contest.
Ms Lin, who told AFP late yesterday that Chinese authorities were suppressing people who “dare to speak their minds”, was speaking from Hong Kong’s international airport where she was blocked from taking a flight bound for mainland China.
“I believe the Chinese government is angry at me because my work brings attention to these (human rights) issues,” Ms Lin said at a press conference this morning.
“I knew there was a big risk I could be barred but I didn’t want to give in, didn’t want to give up, unless I had exhausted all my options,” she said, adding that she officially remained a contestant in the pageant even if she could not travel to the venue.
The actress has appeared in films depicting sensitive issues in China ranging from corruption to suppression of religion.