World Myanmar's ambassador to the UK - who didn't support the military coup - was locked out of his embassy and had to spend the night in his car
Myanmar has become a global flashpoint as violence escalates. Here's what to know
Sanctions appear to inhibit Myanmar junta little as violence increasesA U.N. special envoy warned of an imminent "bloodbath" if the military doesn't end its brutal crackdown, which has taken the lives of hundreds so far.
- Kyaw Zwar Minn, Myanmar's ambassador to the UK, said he was locked out of the embassy on Wednesday.
- Sources told Reuters that his deputy took over.
- Kyaw Zwar Minn had called for Myanmar's civilian leader to be released after her detention in the coup.
Myanmar's ambassador to the UK, who did not support the military coup in the country, said he was locked out of the embassy on Wednesday night.
In 2 months, Myanmar's military has killed more than 500 people. The international community has done little to help.
The protests that have swept Myanmar since the military junta's February 1 coup have killed 500 civilians.Myanmar's military - known as the Tatmadaw - had taken over, claiming the country's November election had been rigged in favor of the NLD, despite there being no evidence to support their claims. The junta almost immediately restricted media and internet access and installed repressive curfews.
Sources told Reuters that his deputy had shut him out and taken over.
Kyaw Zwar Minn told Reuters: "It's a kind of coup, in the middle of London ... you can see that they occupy my building."
said Kyaw Zwar Minn told her that he spent the night sleeping in his car outside the embassy.
The ambassador also said that embassy staff were being threatened with "severe punishment if they don't continue to work for the military general," the BBC reported.
Myanmar's military staged a coup on February 1 after claiming voter fraud in its November 2020 election, and detained its leaders. Since then it has also cracked down on anti-coup protests and killed hundreds of demonstrators.
Kyaw Zwar Minn has called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader that the military detained during the coup.
China Steps Up Efforts to Cool Down Myanmar Tensions Amid Fear of Civil War .
China is "promoting peace and discussion, promoting the cooling of the situation and maintaining stability in Myanmar, resolving differences through dialogue and consultation, and continuing to drive the process of democratic transformation," according to an embassy statement.As clashes between the now-ruling Tatmadaw junta and opponents worsen in the wake of Aung San Suu Kyi's ouster in early February, Chinese officials have sought to temper international intervention in the Southeast Asian state, pursuing instead their own path to reducing heated frictions there.