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London’s anti-coup Burmese Ambassador locked from embassy

Neill Fronde

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Kyaw Zwar Minn, Burmese Ambassador to the United Kingdom in 2013.

In London, the Myanmar Ambassador has been tossed from his own embassy, locked out because of his stance against the military junta in his country. The lockout occurred as a result of Kyaw Zwar Minn’s breaking ranks with the Burmese military leadership and calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader who was jailed when the military coup overran the country. Military leaders inside the London embassy are believed to be responsible for locking Ambassador Kyaw out of the embassy. The Burmese Ambassador had previously drawn praise by British foreign minister Dominic Raab for his courage in standing against the military coup, calling for the release of Suu Kyi and the elected President Win Myint and standing for pro-democracy causes. The United Kingdom have sanctioned the Burmese military and some of its business interests in response to the military coup and the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, calling for a return of democratic rule to the conflicted country.

Speaking outside the embassy where police were waiting and guarding watchfully, Kyaw spoke with protesters saying he’d been locked out of his own building and that he was waiting to go back inside. He says he has been in touch with Britain’s foreign ministry about the situation, but no action or formal statements have been made yet. He referred to it as a coup in the middle of London, referring to the fact that his building was now occupied by military leaders inside. It is believed that deputy ambassador Chit Win has taken control of the embassy with a military attaché and locked the building to their own diplomat.

The British foreign office has not commented yet on the incident, but the police did release a statement saying they’re aware of the protest going on regarding the Burmese Ambassador and that police are present and watching but have not made any arrests or taken any action at this time.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    Quick Mister Minn, before they let you back into the embassy, claim asylum.
    You will have a council flat. Family allowance. Free schooling for your kids. Free health care, and a pension when you are 65.
    Plus you can sit free in the UK and call the dictators in Myanmar a shower of bar stewards, and not be arrested.
    You might even win the Noble Peace prize!!!!

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    B.T.

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Military leaders=terrorists.

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    Roger Bruce

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:10 am

    Yes Hats off he is a brave man
    But would not go against them if in Burma … he would be 100% dead
    So I guess claim asylum is on the cards

    Good Luck Mate you have gahoonies for sure

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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