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Myanmar: The pro-military faction occupies the embassy building in London, the ambassador is locked outside

(Photo: Myanmar Ambassador locked outside the consulate building in London)

The Myanmar ambassador to the UK accused a figure connected to the Yangon army of seizing the embassy on Wednesday (April 7) and prohibited him from entering. This unusual diplomatic situation comes a month after the Ambassador urged the military authorities to release ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Myanmar’s ambassador to London told Reuters he was locked out of the embassy on Wednesday. Some sources said that his deputy took over the building and took charge of the operation on behalf of the military.

The military seized power in Myanmar during a coup in February and cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.

Myanmar’s ambassador to London, Kyaw Zwar Minn has criticized the military regime in recent weeks, calling for the release of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“I was locked out,” he told Reuters outside the embassy in central London.

“It’s some sort of coup, right in the middle of London … you can see that they took over my building,” he said.

Four diplomatic sources said that deputy ambassador Chit Win took over the role of being in charge of Mr. Minn. This man and the military attaché prevented the Ambassador from entering and leaving the building.

Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn then spoke beside the Embassy with protesters on the street outside.

Kyaw Zwar Minn told the Daily Telegraph that “when I left the embassy, ​​they broke into the embassy and took it.”

“They said they had received instructions from the capital, so they wouldn’t let me in,” he added, calling on the British government to intervene.

Last month, when Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn called for the release of Suu Kyi and ousted President Win Myint, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab praised him for “courage”.

Britain punished members of the Myanmar army and several business groups affiliated with the army after the coup, and demanded the restoration of democracy.

Britain’s foreign affairs office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“This is my building, I need to go inside. That’s why I wait here, ”Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn told Reuters.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, with nearly 600 people killed in government crackdowns.

A group representing the ousted civilian government on Wednesday said it had gathered around 180,000 evidence of government violations, including torture and murder. Justice.

Attorney Robert Volterra of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Representative Committee (CRPH) – a group of MPs from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National Coalition for Democracy (NLD) party – met with UN investigators on Wednesday to discuss atrocities by the authorities. Further meetings were scheduled in the coming days, he said.

“This evidence shows the military’s widespread human rights violations,” the group said in a statement.

These include more than 540 illegal executions, 10 deaths of prisoners in custody, torture, illegal detention, and disproportionate use of force against peaceful protests, claims to know.

The Association for Supporting Political Prisoners (AAPP), said 581 civilians were killed in the persecution and more than 2,700 were arrested. Nearly 50 of the dead were children.

Authorities also issued arrest warrants for 120 celebrities, accused of spreading information that could cause mutiny in the armed forces.

According to the AAPP, when many protesters are now in hiding to escape arrest, the military authorities have held their family members hostage.

The head of the military government, Governor General Min Aung Hlaing, insisted it had settled the “democratic way” protests in a speech reported by state media on Wednesday.

He accused the protesters of wanting to “destroy the country” and said only 248 protesters were killed, along with 16 police officers.

Amnesty International for Rights reported last month that authorities were using battlefield weapons on unarmed protesters.

Increased bloodshed makes Myanmar likely to fall into civil war.

In addition to quelling protests and arrests, security forces have also sought to shut down news of the crisis, control internet access and independent media.

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