It is a kind of coup in the middle of London, says the ambassador, who has distanced himself from Myanmar’s military.
Myanmar’s ambassador to the UK has been locked out of the London embassy.
He says this on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, sources say that it is the Myanmar deputy ambassador who has locked Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn out and taken control of the embassy on behalf of Myanmar’s military.
The incident comes in the wake of Kyaw Zwar Minn distancing himself from Myanmar’s military, which seized power in the Southeast Asian country in a February 1 coup.
Since then, the military has cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in the country.
Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn has in recent weeks expressed disagreement over military action and called for the release of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
– I have been locked out, says Kyaw Zwar Minn to the news agency Reuters outside the embassy in central London.
– It’s a kind of coup – in the middle of London. You can see that they have occupied my building, he continues, adding that he is in contact with the British Foreign Office about the situation.
Four diplomatic sources with knowledge of the case say that Deputy Ambassador Chit Win has taken over as charge d’affaires, and that he and the military attaché have locked the ambassador out of the building.
/ ritzau / Reuters