Myanmar ambassador says he is locked out of London embassy in ‘coup’

2021-04-08 18:08:46

Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn — who final month broke ranks along with his nation’s navy junta — instructed CNN he tried to achieve entry to the embassy on Wednesday for a number of hours however was unable to enter. A number of of his workers have been nonetheless contained in the constructing, and weren’t being allowed out, he stated.

One other supply stated that Myanmar’s navy attaché in London had taken management of the constructing. They added {that a} group of at the least seven individuals are inside, of which one is a baby.

CNN has reached out to the Myanmar navy for remark. Cellphone calls made to the embassy went unanswered and emails bounced again.

Kyaw Zwar Minn, the UK ambassador, issued a press release final month calling for Suu Kyi‘s launch from detention and pledged to maintain the embassy open, following a name with UK Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab.

On the time, Raab stated in a tweet that he spoke to the ambassador and “praised his braveness and patriotism in standing up for what is correct.”

The navy responded by recalling him. “Since he didn’t conduct himself in accordance with given obligations, an order [is issued] to summon and switch him again to the Ministry of Overseas Affairs,” MRTV reported.

The supply stated embassy staffers have been all caught without warning, however that they’d anticipated one thing might occur after the navy coup in Myanmar and the ambassador’s assertion of defiance towards the junta.

A Fb reside stream on Wednesday confirmed a number of individuals displaying their help for Myanmar’s UK ambassador and expressing confusion with the occasions of the day.

Round 50 individuals additionally gathered exterior the embassy constructing in Mayfair, an unique a part of central London.

Officers from London’s Metropolitan Police have been additionally on the bottom, warning individuals to disperse as they have been in violation of coronavirus restrictions.

Most these gathered since dispersed because the night wore on, however CNN has seen at the least 4 police vans stuffed with officers park close to Myanmar’s embassy.

London’s Metropolitan Police instructed CNN in a press release: “We’re conscious of a protest exterior the Myanmar embassy in Mayfair, London. Public order officers are in attendance. There have been no arrests.”

In a press release to CNN, UK’s Overseas and Commonwealth Workplace stated it was “in search of additional info following an incident at Myanmar’s embassy in London.”

Myanmar’s navy leaders tried in useless in take away one other diplomat in March, after UN Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun referred to as on the worldwide group members to make use of “any means mandatory” to assist restore the nation’s civilian management.

He refused to step down nonetheless, a call that has been supported by the UN.

Myanmar navy spokesman Main Basic Zaw Min Tun has stated the junta plans to carry new elections after a one-year state of emergency.

Helen Regan contributed to this report.

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