LONDON: Myanmar’s ambassador to Britain, Quar Zanwar Min, was locked out of his embassy on Wednesday. He openly withdrew from his embassy in February in response to criticism of the country’s military, which seized power in February and launched a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
A statement from Britain’s Foreign, Commonwealth Office and Development Office said a small crowd of protesters outside the Myanmar embassy in London was “more informed” after the incident.
“I have been detained,” the ambassador told Reuters. He acted as a kind of coup in central London, preventing diplomats from entering the building.
Diplomatic sources confirmed that he had been excluded from the embassy, and according to British media reports, the ambassador’s deputy, Chit Win, had claimed responsibility for the building with the help of a military attachment.
Last month, Mr. Quar Zawar Min broke his feud with Myanmar’s military rulers by issuing a statement demanding the release of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint. “Politics is the answer to the current activity,” he wrote in comments on the embassy’s website on Wednesday night.
Myanmar’s state broadcaster later said Mr Kiv Zawar Min would be summoned for making an unofficial announcement. But British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb “praised his courage and patriotism in standing up for what is right.”
“We support the call for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint and for her return to democracy,” Raab said.
The US and British governments have announced economic sanctions against Myanmar’s military leadership and called for the restoration of democracy. The Biden administration also suspended trade agreements with Myanmar following the recent actions of the country’s military Tatmadav during the bloody repression of civilian protests.
Thousands have been injured since February and more than 550 people have been killed in the protests, including many young protesters.
Mr. Kwar Zawar Min was not the first Myanmar diplomat to express concern over the military acquisition. In February, Kiao Mo Tun, the country’s ambassador to the United Nations, criticized the country’s military rulers before the UN General Assembly. After this, the regime has said that it has no longer represented the country.
On Wednesday, London’s Metropolitan Police noted the protest outside the Myanmar embassy and said officers were on the scene to place orders, but no arrests had been made.