The Ambassador of Myanmar to the United Kingdom was expelled from his own embassy after he had spoken out against the coup in his country by the military junta. “This is a kind of coup in the middle of London,” says Kyaw Zwar Minn against Reuters news agency.
“ Im locked out,” says Zwar Minn outside to international reporters.
The embassys second man, Chit Win, threw the boss out with the help of an army attaché, diplomatic sources report. Guards hold guard pontifically outside the door. “You can see that they are occupying my building,” said the ambassador.
He had previously called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Prize winner and elected Prime Minister put in prison by the army. The ambassador praised British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab for his courage.
After some time, protesters gathered at the embassy. “This is my building, I have to get back inside. Thats why Im waiting here,” said Ambassador Zwar Minn.
The British police are present. No arrests have been made, let the authorities know. The ambassador is still not back in the embassy at the time of writing and is in contact with the British Foreign Ministry, according to Sky News.
The Myanmar army took a coup détat on 1 February after the democratic party of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi had won the elections in November. The army arrested members of the civilian government and accused Aung San Suu Kyi and her party of electoral fraud among others.
Kyaw Zwar Minn is not the first Myanmar diplomat to collide with the military junta. UN Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun has also spoken out against the army coup. He called for international sanctions against the military regime. When the army wanted to replace him, Kyaw Moe Tun refused to give up his post and claimed that he represents the democratically elected government of Myanmar.