Burma’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kyaw Zwar Minn, denounced this Wednesday that a military official linked to the Burmese junta “occupied” his country’s diplomatic headquarters in London and prevented him from accessing.
Asked who is inside the embassy, Kyaw Zwar Minn replied: “The military attaché, they occupy my embassy.”
The military junta called its ambassador for consultations in March after the diplomat issued a statement calling for the release of the deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Protesters gathered around the Burmese embassy in London on Wednesday, when it was made public that the ambassador could not enter.
“When I left the embassy, they rushed inside and took it. They belong to the Burmese army,” Kyaw Zwar Minn told The Daily Telegraph.
“They said they received instructions from the capital and that they would not let me in,” he added. “They cannot do that. The British government will not authorize them.”
The British Foreign Office said it was “gathering more information following an incident at the Burmese embassy in London.”
The United Kingdom, a former colonial power, sanctioned several officials of the military junta, including its chief Min Aung Hlaing, for their role in the coup that overthrew the Burmese civilian government led by Suu Kyi.
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