Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Kingdom has on Wednesday night been locked out of its embassy in central London after speaking out against the military coup in the Southeast Asian country.
Kyaw Zwar Minn who was denied entry to the building said staff were asked to leave the building by Myanmar’s military attaché, and he was dismissed as the country’s representative.
In early February, Myanmar’s military seized power in a coup, sparking protests and escalating violence.
A spokesperson for Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn said “the ambassador has been recalled by the Myanmar military regime – since then he has stopped following instructions from the Myanmar foreign ministry.”
Kyaw Zwar Minn has criticised the military coup, and called for Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be released.
A letter to the Foreign Office from those in control of the Myanmar embassy said the deputy ambassador, Chit Win, had taken over as chargé d’affaires as of 7 April.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has condemned the “bullying actions,” but the UK has accepted the change.
The development on Wednesday evening came as the violence in Myanmar continued.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) with at least 20 more persons killed in the Sagaing and Bago regions, bringing to more than 600 the death toll from the military crackdown on protesters.
India: Delhi Announces Lockdown As COVID Cases Surge
India’s capital city, Delhi, has announced a week-long lockdown effective today, Monday, after the city recorded a spike in number of infections that has now overwhelmed the city’s healthcare system.
Government offices and essential services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocers, are open during the lockdown.
Delhi recorded nearly twenty-five hundred cases of the coronavirus infections on Sunday alone.
India has been reeling from a deadly second wave since early April causing a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supplies.
India has the fourth highest number of deaths after the United States, Brazil and Mexico – though, among a population of nearly one and a half billion.
Delhi state’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal says the healthcare system is at a breaking point, and if a lockdown is not put in place now, the country will be looking at a bigger disaster.
Families Reunite As Australia-New Zealand ‘Travel Bubble’ Begins
Hundreds of passengers from Australia have started arriving at New Zealand airports on Monday after authorities reopened borders, in a process that allows quarantine-free travel between the countries for the first time in more than a year.
New Zealand had enforced isolation for arrivals from its neighbour, citing concerns about sporadic virus outbreaks there.
New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern told reporters in wellington, this bubble marks a significant step in New Zealand’s reconnection with the world.
Ardern said Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and foreign minister Marise Payne would visit New Zealand very soon.
Boris Johnson Cancels India Trip Amid COVID Surge
British prime minister Boris Johnson has cancelled a planned trip to India, originally planned for next week, because of the rise in India’s COVID-19 cases.
India is enduring a second wave of the virus, with infections passing the 15 million mark.
Johnson had already postponed the trip once in January, when COVID-19 infections were high in Britain.
Now that the trip has been cancelled, prime ministers Modi and Johnson will speak later this month to agree and launch their ambitious plans for the future partnership between the UK and India.
Britain has invited India to attend the G7 summit it will host in June.
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