Myanmar's United Kingdom ambassador 'locked out' of London embassy

Myanmar's UK ambassador says he was 'locked out of the embassy' by military

The military has arrested celebrities, accusing them of inciting protests.

Asked about air strikes carried out by government jets on territory held by guerrillas from the Karen ethnic minority in eastern Myanmar, which reportedly killed at least 14 civilians, Zaw Min Tun said the aerial raids allowed more exact targeting than ground attacks which would have caused more deaths. There was no word of any casualties among the soldiers.

The incidents could signal a new phase in a struggle in which the opposition has largely used peaceful means of protest despite the lethal actions of the security forces.

"People will try to defend their own lives and their rights", said a former government minister who is part of the CRPH, a group of lawmakers representing the ousted civilian government.

The Foreign Secretary on Thursday paid tribute to the "courage" of diplomat Kyaw Zwar Minn, who reportedly spent the night in his vehicle having been locked out the evening before. "The CRPH can not stop the possible armed resistance by the people, from the people".

At a news conference in the capital, Naypyitaw, a spokesman for the ruling junta defended the actions of the security forces.

He said reports that some members of the worldwide community did not recognise the military government were "fake news". "It's a kind of coup, in the middle of London".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has condemned the ousting of the elected government in Myanmar and criticised the "unlawful imprisonment of civilians" after Ms Suu Kyi was detained.

The US, which has imposed sanctions on the junta's economic interests, on Thursday added a state-owned gem enterprise to its list of targets.

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Meanwhile, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta's leader, said in a statement on Wednesday that the civil disobedience movement, or CDM, had halted the working of hospitals, schools, roads, offices and factories.

His sister, Thi Thi Lwin, told Reuters that the military detained her brother at 4.30 am at their parents' home in Yangon, where he had been staying for several days while unwell, suffering from malaria and a heart condition.

But a London-based research group said the military was losing control.

The advocacy group said 2,847 were now being held in detention.

A statement read out on behalf of Kyaw Zwar Minn outside the embassy in Mayfair's Charles Street on Thursday morning said he was facing repercussions after making a statement in March condemning the coup in Myanmar and calling for a return of democracy in the South-east Asian country.

Suu Kyi and leading figures in her National League for Democracy party, which won an election in November that was annulled by the coup, are now in detention facing various charges.

The organizer said an undetermined number of protesters, some armed with homemade weapons, were arrested in the town known for fiercely resisting government forces. Many Western governments have dismissed the assertions as nonsense.

The latest USA sanctions blacklisted Myanma Gems Enterprise, part of the mining ministry.

The measures freeze the firm's assets in the United States and ban Americans from doing business with it. The US treasury department said it would curb the junta's ability to generate revenues.

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