The former Myanmar bomber in London, who spent Wednesday night in his car, said he locked outside the embassy.
Myanmar’s military attaché has asked staff to leave the building and has left office as a representative of the country, Kyaw Zwar Minn said.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned the “harassment”, but the UK has accepted the change.
Myanmar’s military seized power in a coup on February 1, sparking protests and escalating violence.
Kyaw Zwar Minn criticized the military coup and called for the release of toppled Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
About 600 people, including dozens of children, have died as pro-democracy protesters demand a return to power from elected leader Aung San Sui and her National League for Democracy (LND).
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On Thursday morning, Kyaw Zwar Minn, through a spokesperson in front of the embassy, called on the British government not to recognize the newly appointed ambassadors of the board and to send them back to Myanmar.
“There was a coup d’état in Myanmar in February,” he says. The same goes for central London,” he said, adding that embassy staff are threatened, “severely punished if they continue to work for military generals.”
Police called to prevent staff from re-entering the building, reports say. Protesters gathered outside after breaking news that the ambassador had blocked.
According to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the ambassador’s work officially ends as soon as the host country notified.
The State Department confirmed that it had been informed and “must accept decisions made by the Burmese regime.”
Chitwin’s deputy ambassador has taken over as interim head of affairs in London, reports Reuters, citing diplomats familiar with the matter. However, the State Department said it had “not received any official notification of its replacement.”
In the absence of an ambassador, charging? Things will act as the head of the Diplomatic Corps.
In March, Kyaw Zwar Min called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, telling the BBC that Myanmar was “divided” and could be at risk of civil war.
He insisted his comments were not “a betrayal of the country,” adding that he was in a “midterm” position. The Burmese government responded by issuing a statement saying, he had summoned home, but he remains in London.
A representative for Kyaw Zwar Minn said, ‘He tried to work in the middle but there is no doubt it is on the right.
Diplomacy has its own rules. Most regulated by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. All of this makes it clear that the government chooses people who want to represent abroad.
So if Burma’s military regime wants to expel its ambassador to London, it can. Under Article 43 of the Convention, you must formally notify the Office of Foreign Affairs and Development that “the functions of diplomatic officers have been completed.” that is what happens here. The British government has no choice but to accept it.
The Secretary of State can say as much support as possible because he loves ambassadors but cannot bring him back to work.
This is a dilemma for the government. He will face accusations that he accepts the Burmese regime’s authority by accepting the ambassador’s dismissal. That is what he does not want to do. So the question may become whether the UK will recognize the former ambassador as somehow representative of the overthrown government.
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The move follows another day of deadly protests in Myanmar. At least 11 anti-coup protesters killed in clashes with security forces in the northwestern city of Taz on Wednesday night. Local media reported that the army opened fire on protesters who once again fired shotguns and incendiary bombs.
Myanmar’s military seized power on February 1 after overthrowing the government and declaring a state of emergency.
A few days later, a protest movement began to emerge and gained momentum, prompting hundreds of thousands of people to take part in street protests.
A popular model and actor named Ping Takhon has arrested as part of a growing crackdown on artists and actors. The 24-year-old is actively participating in online protests and live gatherings and has millions of followers in Myanmar and Thailand.
Last week, Aung San Sui accused of violating the colonial-era official secrets laws, which carry a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.