Bangkok: Thailand’s contender for the Miss Universe beauty pageant has surrendered her crown after she allegedly called for supporters of the ousted government to be “executed”, sparking a social media furore.
A tearful Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, said she was giving up the chance to represent her country after a barrage of online criticism upset her family.
She was accused of calling for “the execution” of the “damn Reds” – a reference to the “Red Shirt” followers of former premier Yingluck Shinawatra and her family, which has won every Thai election since 2001.
“The land of Thailand is dirty because of people who want to get rid of the monarchy,” she was quoted as writing.
The remarks, made on her Facebook page late last year, have since been removed.