Myanmar’s ambassador to Britain said on Wednesday that a figure linked to Yangon’s army had “occupied” the embassy in London and denied him access to the building.
When asked who was inside the embassy, Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn replied “Defense attache, they are occupying my embassy”, confirming previous media reports.
Myanmar’s military junta recalled the ambassador last month after issuing a statement urging them to release ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.
“Diplomacy is the only answer and answer to the current impasse,” Kyaw Zwar Minn said in a statement tweeted by British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
Protesters gathered outside the Myanmar embassy in London on Wednesday as reports revealed the ambassador had been locked down and banned from entering the building.
Kyaw Zwar Minn told the Daily Telegraph that “When I left the embassy they broke into the embassy and took it.
“They said they received instructions from the capital, so they are not going to let me in,” he added, calling on the British government to intervene.
The British Foreign Office said it was “seeking further information following an incident at the Myanmar embassy in London”.
Britain has sharply criticized the Burmese military since taking power there in February, and last week it stepped up sanctions against business conglomerates wholly or partially overseen by generals.
The ambassador told TBEN that he would stay outside the building “all night”, explaining “this is my building”.
Metropolitan Police said they were “aware of a demonstration” outside the building in Mayfair and that law enforcement officers were present.
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