Myanmar ambassador to UK ‘locked out’ of London embassy

Myanmar ambassador to UK 'locked out' of London embassy
Myanmar's ambassador to the UK Kyaw Zwar Minn (R) speaks to a police officer outside the embassy in London. Source: PA MEDIA
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Daily US Times: Myanmar ambassador to the UK Kyaw Zwar Minn says he has been locked out of his embassy.

Mr Minn said embassy staff were asked to leave the building by Myanmar’s military attaché and he was told he was no longer Myanmar’s representative.

“I have been locked out of the embassy,” he told to media.

Myanmar’s military ousted the civilian government by a coup in 1 February, sparking weeks of protests and escalating violence. Kyaw Zwar Minn has called for the release of Myanmar’s democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

More than 500 people, dozens of children were among them, have been killed so far as pro-democracy protesters in Myanmar demand a return to power of elected leader Ms Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

While speaking with the Reuters news agency, the Myanmar ambassador described Wednesday’s events as “a kind of coup, in the middle of London”.

He added: “This kind of coup is not going to happen.”

He was pictured standing on the street outside the embassy of Myanmar in London’s Mayfair speaking to Metropolitan Police officers.

London Police were reportedly called to stop staff re-entering the building.

Protesters have gathered outside the Myanmar embassy.

Kyaw Zwar Minn called for the release of Ms Suu Kyi in March and told in an interview with BBC that Myanmar was “divided” and could be at risk of civil war.

He said that his remarks were not “betraying the country”, adding that he was standing on “middle” ground..

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