Myanmar ambassador 'locked out of London embassy by his deputy'

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 8, 2021

The ambassador told AFP that he would stay outside the embassy "all night", explaining "this is my building".

Kyaw Zwar Minn broke ranks with the military by calling for the release of detained Aung San Suu Kyi.

Unconfirmed reports claimed that Chit Win, deputy ambassador, and the nation's military attaché had taken control of the embassy and locked the ambassador out, with Chit Win appointed the new de facto head of the nation's mission.

The junta recalled the ambassador last month after he issued a statement urging them to release Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.

"The UK continues to call for an end to the coup and the appalling violence, and a swift restoration of democracy".

Myanmar's ambassador to London told Reuters he was locked out of the embassy on Wednesday, but sources said his deputy had shut him out of the building and taken charge on behalf of the military. "There have (been) no arrests", police said in a statement. Yuliet Colon, a Havana resident and social media cook, posts her simple and affordable recipes to a #Facebook group with 12,000 members.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) says at least 598 civilians have been killed and almost 2,900 detained.

A spokesperson from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Thursday said that the government had received formal notification from the government in Myanmar that Kyaw Zwar Minn had been removed from his position.

The diplomat branded the actions of Myanmar's military regime as "unacceptable and disrespectful" to the UK. The ambassador has been locked out since then.

Myanmar has not yet announced a replacement ambassador.

Protesters attend a demonstration in Dawei, Myanmar, on April 7, 2021.

"Myanmar has been subject to a stepwise collapse into the information abyss since February", Alp Toker, founder of internet blockage observatory NetBlocks, 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 United Kingdom".

Kyaw Zwar Minn was recalled on March 9, the letter said.

The junta has been struggling to quell ongoing protests since it ousted democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Myanmar's military has since violently cracked down on opponents, with security forces reportedly killing hundreds of protesters and bystanders.

With print media also halted, protesters have sought other ways to get their message across, producing their own A4-sized daily news pamphlets that are shared digitally and printed for distribution among the public.

On March 8, Mr Raab tweeted that he had spoken to Kyaw Zwar Minn and had "praised his courage and patriotism in standing up for what is right".

Demonstrations calling for the return of democracy and the release of Suu Kyi have rocked Myanmar nearly daily since the coup.

Protesters have left bunches of flowers and posters attached to railings outside the embassy to commemorate civilian victims of the coup.

Junta chief General Min Aung Hlaing accused the protesters of wanting to "destroy the country" and said only 248 protesters had been killed, along with 16 police officers.

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