British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab on Thursday condemned the military coup regime in Myanmar, the former Burma, for intimidating and expelling the Burmese ambassador in London, Kyaw Zwar Minn, from the diplomatic headquarters.
The military of the current ruling Myanmar junta seized Burma’s embassy in London on Wednesday and barred its ambassador from entering after the diplomat called for the release of the civilian leader detained and detained in the coup, Aung San Suu Kyi.
“We condemn the acts of intimidation by the Myanmar military regime in London,” Raab wrote, in a message posted on his Twitter account.
We condemn the intimidation actions of the Myanmar military regime in London yesterday and pay tribute to Kyaw Zwar Minn for his bravery. The UK continues to call for an end to the coup and terrible violence and a speedy restoration of democracy.
Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) April 8, 2021
In his message, Raab also highlighted Zwar Minn’s bravery and called for an end to the February 1 coup and the rapid restoration of democracy in the Southeast Asian country.
Zwar Minn said he was expelled for speaking out against the military coup, which was followed by a wave of protests whose brutal repression has already killed some 600 protesters, according to a Burmese NGO.
The diplomat, who had to spend the night in his car, said that Myanmar’s military attaché asked the team to leave the building.“
Speaking to the television channel Sky News, Ambassador Zwar Minn assured that “this is not Myanmar, it is London.” “They took over my embassy,” he said.
According to the BBC, the diplomat, who had to spend the night in his car, said that Myanmar’s military attaché asked staff to leave the building and that he too was fired as the country’s representative.
Myanmar’s military seizure of power abruptly ended the gradual return to democracy that the country had begun five years ago, after nearly a century of military dictatorships.
The UK, Myanmar’s former colonial power, sanctioned several military junta officers, including its chief Min Aung Hlaing, for their role in the coup that toppled the government led by Suu Kyi.