Scarborough beauty queen Anastasia Lin reportedly muzzled at Miss World pageant

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Scarborough beauty queen Anastasia Lin is allowed to smile and look pretty at the Miss World pageant in Washington, but she’s reportedly barred from opening her mouth and speaking her mind about human rights abuses in China.Pageant officials wouldn’t connect the Star with Lin, 26, on Wednesday.Lin was blocked from attending last year’s Miss World pageant in China after her outspoken criticism of Chinese human rights abuses against Falun Gong practitioners.American news reports say that she’s not allowed to speak with the media this time around.And the hosts of a film in which she stars say she has been blocked from attending its Washington premiere tonight. The film sharply criticizes Chinese human rights practices and is being presented by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.Article Continued Below“We were informed by the organization that she would not be able to attend tonight,” Marion Smith, a spokesperson for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, said on Wednesday.Smith said that pageant officials hadn’t passed on messages to her, despite assurances that they would.“Their stated reason is that they have rehearsals and they were unable to release her to attend,” Smith said.

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