JAKARTA – Myanmar’s ambassador to the UK, Kyaw Zwar Minn, says he is locked up and cannot enter the Myanmar Embassy in London, England.
According to Reuters on Thursday April 8, Myanmar’s deputy ambassador has taken over the building, closed it and is in charge on behalf of the military.
Myanmar’s ambassador to London, Kyaw Zwar Minn, has cut ties with Myanmar’s ruling military regime in recent weeks, calling for the release of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
“I’ve been locked up,” he told Reuters outside the embassy in central London.
“It’s a kind of coup, in central London. You can see they are occupying my building,” he continued, adding that he was speaking to the British Foreign Office about the situation.
“This is my building, I have to go inside. That’s why I’m waiting here,” Kyaw Zwar Minn said.
Four diplomatic sources with knowledge of the matter said Deputy Ambassador Chit Win had taken over the affairs position. He and the military attaché have locked the ambassador outside the building.
Kyaw Zwar Minn speaks next to the embassy, where the police stand guard. He spoke to protesters on the street outside.
“We are aware of a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Mayfair, London. Law enforcement officers were present. There were no arrests,” police said in a statement.
Last month, Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn had called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and ousted President Win Myint, garnering praise for her bravery from British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
The UK has sanctioned members of the Myanmar military and some of their business interests after the coup, and has demanded the restoration of democracy.
British officials spoke with representatives of both parties and the police, with the aim of resolving disputes at the embassy quickly and calmly.
“We are seeking further information following the incident at the Myanmar embassy in London,” a British Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement.
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How dare the fascist military attaché in the London coup d’état the Embassy and blocked the Ambassador. It’s time for @BorisJohnson to show muscle because this terrorist regime doesn’t understand civilized language. NOT ON OUR FLOOR !!! @freya_cole @Milktea_Myanmar @benedictrogers @rushanaraali pic.twitter.com/avSvz6Juro
– Kyaw Win (@ kyawwin78) April 7, 2021
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