Myanmar’s ambassador to London, Kyaw Zwar Minn, has spent the night in his car after his country’s military attaché denied him entry to his embassy and informed him that he is no longer the Burmese representative.
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Minn, in statements to the media, has called the incident on Wednesday night a “coup” in central London and has said that the military attache asked the embassy staff to leave the building. In statements to the media on the street, the ambassador said: “They are denying me entry. They say they have received instructions from the capital (of Myanmar), so they will not let me enter” at the embassy, located in the Mayfair neighborhood.
After learning of the incident, the British Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dominic Raab has condemned in a tweet “the harassment actions of the Myanmar military regime” and highlighted the “courage” of Minn, after he asked for the release of the leader. Burmese Aung San Suu Kyi.
“UK continues to call for an end to the coup and the terrible violence and (calls) for the rapid restoration of democracy,” added the head of British diplomacy in his tweet.
The Burmese ambassador has been seen in his car, in which he has put a photo of Saint Suu Kyi, and also speaking with the Scotland Yard policemen who guard the embassy in the street.
According to the media, the “number two” of the embassy, Chit Win, has assumed the position of charge d’affaires. Minn has asked the British Government on Thursday not to recognize “those who work for the military junta” and to send them back to Myanmar, in a letter to the British Foreign Minister collected by Reuters.
“We ask the UK Government to specifically refuse to work with the Charge d’Affaires, Chit Win, appointed by the Military Council, or any other Ambassador they may try to appoint in the future,” said the Ambassador.
More than 500 civilians have been killed in the crackdown on protests in Myanmar and more than 2,600 people have been detained since the coup on February 1, according to data from the Association for the Assistance of Myanmar Political Prisoners (AAPP).