Myanmar ambassador to UK says he is locked out of embassy

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Kyaw Zwar Minn

Kyaw Zwar Minn, the Myanmar ambassador, stands outside the Myanmar Embassy in London, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Newspaper reports say the embassy was taken over by members of the country’s new military regime Wednesday evening. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

LONDON (AP) — Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, who has criticized the military coup in his country, says he has been locked out of his London office by colleagues.

Kyaw Zwar Minn said he was barred from entering the embassy on Wednesday evening by diplomats loyal to the military regime.

Last month, the ambassador called for the release of Myanmar’s democratic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained when the military seized power on Feb. 1.

Since the coup, Myanmar security forces have killed at least 581 protesters and bystanders in their crackdown on opposition.

A statement read on Kyaw Zwar Minn’s behalf outside the embassy on Thursday said the embassy had been “seized by the military attache yesterday evening. The ambassador has been locked out since then.”

“There has been a coup in Myanmar in February and now the same situation in central London,” the statement said. “This is unacceptable and disrespectful not only to the people of Myanmar but it is also clearly disrespectful to all of democratic society in the U.K.”

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned the “bullying actions of the Myanmar military regime,” and praised the ambassador’s “courage.”

But it was unclear what, if anything, the U.K. could do about the move. The British government said it had been notified by Myanmar authorities that Kyaw Zwar Minn had been removed from his post.

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