Myanmar Embassy in London ‘seized’ by military 

The Myanmar embassy in London was “stormed” by members of the nation’s new military regime and seized this evening, the ambassador has alleged.

Kyaw Zwar Minn, who has served as the Asian nation’s ambassador to the UK since 2014, told The Telegraph he had been “betrayed” by former colleagues with whom he had worked alongside in the building.

He drew the ire of his nation’s military regime last month after he declared his opposition to the armed coup. He also called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and met with Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary.

Myanmar’s state broadcaster said Kyaw Zwar Minn had been recalled for issuing an unauthorised statement.

Blocked this evening from re-entering the diplomatic mission, which is situated on Charles Street in Mayfair, he said: “When I left the embassy, they stormed inside the embassy and took it. They are from the Myanmar military.

“They are refusing to let me inside. They said they received instruction from the capital, so they are not going to let me in.

“This a coup. This is the UK, we are not in Myanmar, in Burma. They are not able to do this. The British Government won’t allow this one, you’ll see that.”

He indicated he was in contact with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) but declined to disclose the substance of the discussions.

He said he was “frustrated” by the events, adding: “This is London you know. They can’t be able to do this coup in the middle of London.”

However, he said he was not surprised by the raid, as he had expected an attempt. “I can guess their steps. They betrayed me, because they are from the military side.”

Police descended on the site, although did not enter the building, while members of the Myanmar diaspora gathered on the street as night began to fall.

Thiha Soe, who came outside the embassy to support their country, said: “They’re the one who are hijacking our embassy it belongs to us not to the military. It is a coup.”

“If they achieve this one they will do the same things to other embassies around the world. This belongs to us, it belongs to the people, the country.”

Government sources told The Telegraph that it appeared that allies of the military junta in presiding in Naypyitaw, the Myanmar capital, had seized the building, but stressed that the situation remained clouded in uncertainty.

The Telegraph contacted the FCDO for comment.

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