The Myanmar ambassador to London says he was locked out of his embassy.
Kyaw Zwar Minn said staff were asked to leave the building by Myanmar military attachés and said he was no longer a representative of the country.
“I was locked out,” he told Reuters.
Myanmar troops seized power in a coup d’etat on February 1, causing weeks of protest and intensifying violence. Kyaw Zwar Minn called for the release of the exiled leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
More than 500 people (including dozens of children) were killed as long as the opposition to democratization demanded reinstatement of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
According to Reuters, Kyaw Zwar Minn described the event on Wednesday as “a kind of coup in the middle of London.” “This kind of coup won’t happen,” he added.
The ambassador was depicted standing on a street outside the Myanmar Embassy in Mayfair, London, talking to a police officer at the Metropolitan Police Department.
Police were reportedly called to stop personnel from re-entering the building.
Since then, protesters have gathered outside the embassy.
In March, Kyaw Zwar Minn called for the release of Ms Suu Kyi and told the BBC: Myanmar is “divided” and may be at risk of civil war..
He argued that his remarks did not “betray the country” and added that he was in a “middle” position.
The former military ambassador was praised by British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab for his “courage and patriotism.”
According to Reuters, Deputy Ambassador Chit Win has taken over as Chargé d’Affaires in London, citing a diplomat with knowledge of the matter.
A spokesman for the British Foreign Ministry told the BBC, “In line with the diplomatic ritual, we are seeking an explanation of the current situation of the Myanmar ambassador to London.”
Myanmar’s army seized power of the country after overthrowing the government and declaring a state of emergency.
Just a few days later, a protest began, which quickly gained momentum, with hundreds of thousands of people participating in street protests.
last week, Suu Kyi was charged with violating the official colonial secret law, Up to 14 years in prison.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, became independent of the United Kingdom in 1948. Much of its modern history was under the military junta.
Regulations began to be relaxed after 2010, free elections were held in 2015, and the following year a government led by veteran opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was established.
In 2017, Myanmar troops responded to a deadly crackdown on police attacks by Rohingya militants, driving more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims across the border to Bangladesh. The United Nations later called it “an example of an ethnic cleansing textbook.”