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Myanmar embassy in London ‘stormed’ by military allies


Myanmar ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn tries unsuccessfully to enter the embassy (Picture: PA)

Myanmar’s London embassy was ‘stormed’ last night and seized by allies of the military, who locked out the ambassador to the UK.

Kyaw Zwar Minn, who was denied entry to the building on Charles Street in Mayfair, claimed there had been a ‘coup’ by the ‘Myanmar military’.

‘When I left the embassy, they stormed inside the embassy and took it,’ he told the Telegraph. ‘They are from the Myanmar military.

‘They are refusing to let me inside. They said they received instruction from the capital, so they are not going to let me in.

‘This a coup. This is the UK, we are not in Myanmar, in Burma. They are not able to do this. The British Government won’t allow this one, you’ll see that.’

The BBC reported last month that Kyaw Zwar Minn had been recalled by the South East Asian country after he spoke out against its recent military coup and called for the release of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Photos taken outside the embassy on Wednesday night showed the ambassador getting out of a car that bore a large image of Ms Suu Kyi across its rear window.

Kyaw Zwar Minn, stands by a car with a poster of Aung San Suu Kyi (Picture: AFP)
The embassy building of Myanmar in central London (Picture: Getty)
The ambassador was barred from accessing the building (Picture: AFP)

Kyaw Zwar Minn was also captured ringing a doorbell as he unsuccessfully tried to enter the building, with a small number of police officers standing nearby.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has now condemned the ‘bullying actions of the military regime’.

Mr Raab tweeted: ‘We condemn the bullying actions of the Myanmar military regime in London yesterday, and I pay tribute to Kyaw Zwar Minn for his courage.

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

The Prime Minister has previously condemned the ousting of the elected government in Myanmar.

Boris Johnson criticised the ‘unlawful imprisonment of civilians’ after Ms Suu Kyi was detained.

Photos of people who died during protests against military coup (Picture: Getty Images)
Signs against the military coup in front of the embassy building (Picture: Getty)

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

Foreign ministers from the G7 nations have also condemned the ‘intimidation and oppression’ of protesters following the coup.

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’.

He added: ‘We join his call for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, and for a return to democratic rule.’

It is thought that government officials were in contact with the ambassador and the Myanmar regime on Wednesday evening to help seek a resolution to the situation.

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

A spokesman for Metropolitan Police said: ‘We are aware of a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Mayfair, London.

‘Public order officers are in attendance. There have been no arrests.’

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