The coup comes to London: Myanmar’s ambassador is EXCLUDED from the embassy in the UK by former colleagues as the military takes the lead after continuing to support Aung San Suu Kyi
- Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn opposed the February armed coup
- Diplomatic sources told Reuters that his deputy Chit Win has now taken charge
- Police officers were tinkered with the Charles Street site but did not enter
The Myanmar embassy in London tonight has been seized by loyalists of the country’s new military regime, the ambassador said.
Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn is an outspoken opponent of the February armed coup and the capture of overthrown civic leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Diplomatic sources told Reuters his deputy Chit Win led the takeover and took charge of Myanmar’s British outpost on behalf of the ruling junta.
Kyaw Zwar Minn, speaking outside the Mayfair building tonight, said he felt “betrayed” by his colleagues, who refused entry when he pressed the intercom.
Kyaw Zwar Minn presses the intercom at the Myanmar embassy, but is refused entry
Myanmar’s embassy in London tonight has been seized by loyalists of the country’s new military regime, according to the ambassador (pictured) who has been shut out.
Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn is an outspoken opponent of the February armed coup and the capture of overthrown civic leader Aung San Suu Kyi
He added to the Daily telegram: ‘When I left the embassy, they stormed into the embassy and took him with them. They are from the Myanmar military.
‘They refuse to let me in. They said they got instructions from the capital so they are not going to let me in. This is a coup d’état. ‘
Police officers were scrambled to the Charles Street site but did not enter the building, which is technically on foreign soil under diplomatic protocol.
Protesters also gathered outside in the streets to rally against the military’s takeover of the embassy.
Kyaw Zwar Minn said he was in contact with the British Foreign Office, and Whitehall sources confirmed that the government was speaking to the Myanmar regime.
Police officers were tinkered with the Charles Street site but did not enter the building, which is technically on foreign soil according to diplomatic protocol
Protesters also gathered outside in the streets to rally against the military’s takeover of the embassy
Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kyaw Zwar Minn, stands by a car with a poster of Aung San Suu Kyi, while locked outside the Myanmar embassy
Myanmar’s state broadcaster reportedly said the ambassador, who has served as Naypyitaw’s husband in London since 2014, had been recalled to Naypyitaw after making an unauthorized statement.
Kyaw Zwar Minn has been a thorn in the military’s side since the February coup and has called for the release of Suu Kyi and the impeachment of President Win Myint, with Dominic Raab receiving praise for his ‘bravery’.
Britain has sanctioned members of Myanmar’s military and some of its business interests in the wake of the coup, demanding the restoration of democracy.
A spokesperson for the FCDO said: “We are looking for more information following an incident at the Myanmar embassy in London.”
Scotland Yard said in a statement: ‘We are aware of a protest outside the Myanmar Embassy in Mayfair, London. Public order officials are present. There have (have been) no arrests. ‘