Currently training in Melbourne, Win Htet Oo’s Facebook profile says he is “a Burmese swimmer dreaming of Tokyo 2020”.
The swimmer has been a vocal critic of Myanmar in recent weeks.
The Myanmar Olympic Committee did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
In February, the Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar’s armed forces, General Min Aung Hlaing, seized power, toppling the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and his National League for Democracy party and installing a military junta. .
The following months saw continued protests against his rule and the rise of a civil disobedience movement in which thousands of blue and white collar workers, including doctors, teachers, government officials and factory workers, gathered. went on strike in an attempt to disrupt the economy. and overthrowing the general.
Security forces brutally suppressed protests with murderous and systematic crackdowns in which police and soldiers shot dead in the streets and arbitrarily detained suspected opponents.
More than 750 people have been killed by security forces since the coup and more than 4,500 arrested, according to the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners advocacy group.
On March 28, UN officials condemned the “systematic” attacks on peaceful protesters and called on the international community to “protect the people of Myanmar from atrocious crimes”.
A 2018 UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar called for Min Aung Hlaing to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide for his army’s brutal crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in the state. of Rakhine in 2017.
In his latest Facebook post, Win Htet Oo said he was inspired “by the continued contempt for the military regime in Myanmar by an intersectional movement that will never submit. Their bravery is eternal.”
Correction: A previous version of this report incorrectly showed Win Htet Oo’s ranking on the Swimming Governing Body’s website.
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