The Myanmar army staged a coup on February 1 after the Democratic Party of the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi won the elections in November. The military arrested members of the civilian government and accused Aung San Suu Kyi and her party of rigging the elections, among other things.
Ambassador Kyaw Min Zuwar in London has separated from the junta in recent weeks and has called for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release. Yesterday, the ambassador told Reuters news agency that he was denied entry. “It’s a kind of coup in the heart of London,” he said in front of the embassy building. “You can see that they occupied a building.” The ambassador said he is consulting with the British Foreign Office.
Four diplomatic sources said that Deputy Ambassador Chet Win had assumed responsibility for the embassy and that he and the military attaché had closed the ambassador. The ambassador spoke with the protesters in front of the embassy building. When Kyaw Min’s visitors called for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release last month, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab praised his courage.
“You must enter”
“This is built. I have to go in. That’s why I’m waiting here,” the ambassador told reporters last night. The UK Foreign Office said it is currently investigating the situation at the Myanmar embassy.
Kyaw Min Zuwar is not the first Myanmar diplomat to encounter the junta. UN Ambassador Kyaw Mo Tun also spoke out against the army coup. And he called for the imposition of international sanctions on the military regime. When the army wanted to replace him, Kyaw Mo Tun refused to relinquish his post, stating that he represented the democratically elected government of Myanmar.