Myanmar ambassador to UK expelled from embassy “by MP” Myanmar

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Myanmar’s ambassador to London has been kicked out of the country’s embassy – apparently by his deputy, who allegedly took office on behalf of the military.

Since a military coup in February, the Myanmar military has launched a harsh crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and has been accused of hundreds of extrajudicial killings as well as torture and unlawful detentions.

London Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn has broken through the ranks of the ruling junta in recent weeks, calling for the release of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“I have been locked out,” he told Reuters outside the embassy in central London.

Kyaw Zwar Minn stands with police officers awaiting entry to the embassy.
Kyaw Zwar Minn stands with police outside the Embassy. Photography: Niklas Halle’n / AFP / Getty Images

“It’s kind of a coup, in the middle of London… you can see they are occupying my building,” he said, adding that he was speaking to the British Foreign Office about the situation.

Four diplomatic sources with knowledge of the matter said Deputy Ambassador Chit Win took over as charge d’affaires and he and the military attaché locked the ambassador out of the building.

Kyaw Zwar Minn spoke next to the embassy, ​​where police were on guard. He spoke to protesters on the street outside.

Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “We are aware of a protest outside the Myanmar Embassy in Mayfair, London. Law enforcement officers are present. There were no arrests. “

Last month Kyaw Zwar Minn called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and ousted President Win Myint, praising his “courage” on the part of Dominic Raab, the foreign minister.

Britain sanctioned members of Myanmar’s military and some of its business interests in the aftermath of the coup and demanded the restoration of democracy.

The Foreign Office had no immediate comment on the embassy incident.

“This is my building, I need to go inside. That’s why I’m waiting here, ”Kyaw Zwar Minn said.

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