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

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Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn — who final month broke ranks together with his nation’s army junta — advised CNN he tried to realize entry to the embassy on Wednesday for a number of hours however was unable to enter.

A number of of his workers had been nonetheless contained in the constructing, and weren’t being allowed out, he additionally mentioned.

Telephone calls made to the embassy went unanswered and emails bounced again.

Myanmar’s army seized energy within the nation on February 1, deposing civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected authorities. Non-violent protests against the coup have since damaged out throughout the nation, and several other Myanmar diplomats posted overseas have additionally made statements of resistance.

Kyaw Zwar Minn, the UK Ambassador, issued an announcement 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 mentioned in a tweet that he spoke to the ambassador and “praised his braveness and patriotism in standing up for what is correct.”

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

A Fb dwell stream on Wednesday confirmed a number of individuals exhibiting their assist 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 had been additionally on the bottom, warning individuals to disperse as they had been in violation of coronavirus restrictions.

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

London’s Metropolitan Police advised CNN in an announcement: “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 an announcement to CNN, UK’s Overseas and Commonwealth Workplace mentioned it was “in search of additional data following an incident at Myanmar’s embassy in London.”

Myanmar’s army 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 vital” to assist restore the nation’s civilian management.

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

Myanmar army spokesman Main Common Zaw Min Tun has mentioned the junta plans to carry new elections after a one-year state of emergency.

Helen Regan contributed to this report.

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