Myanmar ambassador spends night in car outside embassy in London after it was 'seized' by military

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Published on 8 Apr 2021, 9:48
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Dominic Raab has condemned the "bullying actions of the Myanmar military regime" in London after the nation's ambassador to the UK was barred from entering his embassy.

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 whom he had worked alongside in the building.

The Foreign Secretary on Thursday paid tribute to the "courage" of diplomat Minn, who reportedly spent the night in his car having been locked out the evening before.

Mr Raab tweeted: "We condemn the bullying actions of the Myanmar military regime in London yesterday, and I pay tribute to Kyaw Zwar Minn for his courage.

"The UK continues to call for an end to the coup and the appalling violence, and a swift restoration of democracy."

Although himself a former military colonel, Minn drew the ire of his country’s armed junta last month after he expressed his opposition to the successful coup they launched on February 1.

He called publicly for the release of deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ousted president Win Myint. He also went on to hold a meeting with Mr Raab, who applauded his “courage and patriotism” in speaking out. The Foreign Secretary called on the military regime to “end their brutal crackdown and restore democracy”.

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