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As the Miss World Final Is Held, Silence Is Not an Option for Miss Canada

A day before the Miss World finals were held in China, Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, spoke at a National Press Club luncheon. 
(Image:   National Press Club Live via  Screenshot/YouTube)
A day before the Miss World finals were held in China, Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, spoke at a National Press Club luncheon. (Image: National Press Club Live via Screenshot/YouTube)

The Chinese authorities may have blocked Miss Canada — actress and human rights activist Anastasia Lin — from attending the Miss World pageant finals that were held on Saturday, but they haven’t stopped her from speaking out.

Because of her human rights stance, the Chinese authorities declared Lin “persona non grata,” which made it impossible for the 25-year-old to attend the event that was held at the beach-side resort area of Sanya.

Since being barred, Lin has received more media attention over the past several months than all of the other national beauty queens combined.

While the other contestants were preparing in China for Saturday, Lin spoke at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C. a day before. There, she gave a speech and answered questions, which you can watch in the video further below.

Lin said that she was asked by many journalists why the ruling Communist Party are so afraid of her.

Lin — who is also a Falun Gong practitioner — said that they are not afraid of her, they are afraid of the Chinese people.

“They [the ruling communists] are afraid of what I represent, could bring up to the Chinese people,” Lin said.

“My father’s generation watched their families and friends being picked out and persecuted in public, humiliated because they want to stay true to their values, so they learned to put their heads down. It’s unfortunate, but deep down in their hearts, I believe and I know that they are striving for freedom,” she said.

If the Chinese people see a person who represents hope and freedom on their television in the Miss World final, Lin says: “It might encourage them to take a little step to be themselves, to speak up for themselves, and that is what the communists [are] afraid of.”

“Hope is the only thing that can conquer fear.”

Watch Lin’s speech and Q&A at the National Press Club by the National Press Club Live:

Below is a copy of Lin’s speech that was posted on her Facebook page:

Watch this episode of China Uncensored to find out how Miss World Canada has become one of the most pressing concerns for the Chinese government:

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