Myanmar ambassador to UK ousted by junta relatives

Myanmar ambassador to UK ousted by junta relatives
Myanmar ambassador to UK ousted by junta relatives

The UK must therefore accept the decision of the Burmese government regarding Kyaw Zwar Minn, whose replacement name has not been announced, the ministry said, stressing that the UK’s long-standing position has been to recognize states. , not governments.

Diplomats close to the junta seized the embassy in central London on Wednesday evening and denied access to Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn, Aung San Suu Kyi’s backer.

After waiting in vain in front of the door of the representation, he spent the night in his car, the rear window of which displayed a large photo of the head of the civilian government, overthrown by a military coup on February 1.

In a statement read outside the building by Min Hein, a member of the Burmese community in London, he said that his deputy ambassador’s team, Chit Win, threatens embassy staff with severe penalties if these staff do not continue to work for the military junta.

We condemn the intimidating actions of the Myanmar military regime in London yesterdayBritish Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said in a Twitter post.

Welcoming the Burmese Ambassador for his courage, he reiterated his appeal at the end of appalling violence in Myanmar and rapid restoration of democracy in the country.

Kyaw Zwar Minn on Wednesday accused a military figure close to the junta ofto occupy his embassy, ​​denouncing a kind of coup.

Asked about the identity of those who were inside the building while he was stationed outside, the ambassador responded to theAFPFrance Media Agency : Military attaché, they’re occupying my embassy.

600 civilians killed since the coup

While the crisis continues to stir internationally, the bloody repression of the security forces against the wind of democratic rebellion that has shaken the country for more than two months is not weakening.

At least 11 people were killed and several injured Wednesday and Thursday by security forces in Taze, according to local media reporting three deaths in the ranks of the army, a toll that AFP did not could confirm at this stage from an independent source.

Residents, armed with hunting rifles and incendiary bombs, tried to prevent police and soldiers from entering the town. The latter then retaliated.

About 600 civilians have been shot dead since the February 1 coup, according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP).

The toll could be heavier: more than 2,800 people have been arrested. Many, without access to their relatives or a lawyer, are missing.

And the legal hunt continues. Some 120 celebrities in the country – singers, models, journalists – are the target of an arrest warrant, accused of having disseminated information likely to provoke mutinies in the armed forces.

The pro-democracy mobilization is not weakening with tens of thousands of workers on strike and entire sectors of the economy paralyzed. But the crowds are less numerous to demonstrate for fear of reprisals.

Repression is now concentrated in rural areas, notes the AAPP.

On Thursday, protesters left shoes on the streets to symbolize each absent protester.

In Rangoon, they have also been installed in bus shelters, some decorated with red roses in homage to the heroes fallen under the bullets, according to images posted on social networks.

Protesters left shoes on the streets of Rangoon to represent each absent protester. Since the coup, 600 civilians have been killed, according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners.

Photo : Associated Press

The coup drew many condemnations from Western capitals and led to the defection of several prominent Burmese diplomats, including the country’s ambassador to the United Nations.

The UK, US and EU have sanctioned the junta and its leader, General Ming Aung Hlaing. China and Russia, traditional allies of the Burmese army, reject the idea of ​​coercive measures.

In the meantime, a resistance group dubbed CRPH (Committee to Represent Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the Burmese Legislature) has started talks with UN investigators into the alleged atrocities.

Extrajudicial executions, torture, illegal detentions: the CRPH claims to have already gathered some 270,000 elements proving human rights violations large-scale.

The head of the junta, General Min Aung Hlaing, for his part accused the demonstrators of wanting to “destroy the country”, assuring resolve the crisis democratically.

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