Dominic Raab accuses “Myanmar bullying” after seizing the London embassy


Kyaw Zwar Minn, British Ambassador to Myanmar, stands outside the London Embassy-Jamie Lorriman

Kyaw Zwar Minn, British Ambassador to Myanmar, stands outside the London Embassy-Jamie Lorriman

Dominic Raab said Myanmar military junta“In London after the ambassador to the United Kingdom was barred from entering the embassy.

Kyaw Zwar Minn, who has been the UK Ambassador to Asia since 2014, said: Telegraph He was “betrayed” by a former colleague he worked with in the building.

Foreign Minister paid tribute to diplomat Min’s “courage” on Thursday. Min was reportedly locked out in the car the night before.

Mr. Raab tweeted. “I condemn the Myanmar junta’s bullying in London yesterday and pay tribute to Kyo Zwar Min for his courage.

“Britain continues to seek the end of coups and horrific violence, and the swift recovery of democracy.”

Min, a former military colonel, aroused the wrath of his country’s militants last month after expressing his opposition to the success of the coup that began on February 1.

He publicly asked for a release Testimony Recorded Private Leader Aung San Suu Kyi And he banished President Win Myint. He also Meeting with Mr. RabPraised his “courage and patriotism”. The foreign minister called on the junta to “end their brutal crackdown and restore democracy.”

Kyaw Zwar Minn, British Ambassador to Myanmar, stands outside the London Embassy-Jamie Lorriman

Kyaw Zwar Minn, the British Ambassador of Myanmar, stands outside the London Embassy-Jamie Lorriman

In the aftermath of Kyaw Zwar Minn’s statement, Myanmar’s state broadcaster said he had been recalled as an ambassador for his unauthorized declaration.

He was blocked from re-entering the diplomatic mission on Charles Street in Mayfair on Wednesday night, saying: They are from the Myanmar army.

“They refuse to let me in. They said they were instructed by the capital, so I’m not going to let me in.

“This is a coup. This is the UK. We are in Burma, not Myanmar. They cannot do this. The UK government does not allow this, you will see it.”

He indicated he was in contact with the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Agency (FCDO), but refused to reveal the content of the discussion.

He said he was “dissatisfied” with the event, adding: They can’t do this coup in the middle of London. “

However, he said he was not surprised by the attack as he was hoping for an attempt to seize the building.

“I can guess their steps. They betrayed me because they came from the military side.”

According to unconfirmed reports, Chitwin, Deputy Ambassador, Military attaché of the country Taking control of the embassy and shutting out the ambassador, Chitwin was appointed as the new de facto head of the national delegation.

It is unlikely that he had entered the building, but as police landed on the scene and the dawn began, members of the Myanmar diaspora gathered on the street.

People were asked by police to respect coronavirus regulations and not to gather in groups of six or more.

Some police officers tell the general public that Not an approved protest And that they violated the guidelines by being there.

Tiha Soe, who traveled to stand outside the embassy to support the country, said: It’s a coup d’etat. “

He added: “If they achieve this, they will do the same for other embassies around the world. This is ours, our people, our country.”

Police are standing outside the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Myanmar in London-& # xa0; Jamie Lorriman

Police stand outside the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Myanmar in London-Jamie Loriman

Government sources also said Telegraph He stressed that the situation remained uncertain, although allies of the military junta, which presided over Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw, appeared to have seized the building.

More than 530 protesters Killed during a violent crackdown In Myanmar since the armed coup.

Britain and the United States have led international impetus to impose sanctions on national military chiefs.

This week, the UK expanded its net of sanctions to cover the Myanmar Economic Corporation, a conglomerate with close ties to the military junta. A UN representative warned that a “blood bath” might be imminent in fear that the country could fall into a civil war.

Last month, Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn said he spoke in protest of the increase in casualties during demonstrations in his country. He claimed that he was in an “intermediate” ground position at the time and had no plans to asylum or seek asylum in Britain.

We asked FCDO for comment.

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