Coup in the heart of London, Ambassador Myanmar kicked out of the embassy building
Myanmar’s ambassador to the UK has been expelled from his own embassy after speaking out against the coup in his country by the military junta. “This is a kind of coup in the middle of London,” Kyaw Zwar Minn stammers against Reuters news agency.
I’m locked out, ”Zwar Minn tells international reporters outside.
Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kyaw Zwar Minn, wanders around alone in front of the entrance to his workplace.
The embassy’s second man, Chit Win, kicked the boss out with the help of an army attaché, diplomatic sources report. Guards stand guard outside the door. “You can see they occupy my building,” said the ambassador.
He had previously called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate and prime minister-elect who has been imprisoned by the military. The ambassador praised British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab for his courage.
After some time, protesters gathered at the embassy. “This is my building, I have to go back inside. That’s why I’m waiting here ”, said Ambassador Zwar Minn.
British police are present. No arrests have been made, authorities say. The ambassador is still not back at the embassy at the time of writing and is in contact with the British Foreign Office, Sky News said.
The Myanmar army staged a coup on February 1 after the democratic party of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi won the November elections. The army arrested members of the civilian government and accused Aung San Suu Kyi and her party of electoral fraud, among other things.
Kyaw Zwar Minn is not the first Myanmar diplomat to clash with the military junta. UN ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun has also spoken out against the army coup. He called for international sanctions against the military regime. When the military wanted to replace him, Kyaw Moe Tun refused to give up his post, stating that he represents Myanmar’s democratically elected government.