Myanmar ambassador to the UK is barricaded inside his Hampstead home

The Myanmar ambassador to the UK has barricaded himself inside his Hampstead home as regime loyalists threaten to evict him.

Kyaw Zwar Minn's supporters are sleeping with pepper spray by their pillows after he was told to leave the north London house by tomorrow or face prosecution.

Mr Minn previously alleged the embassy was 'seized' by a military attache in an 'unacceptable and disrespectful' act against Myanmar's people and the UK.

The diplomat - who is hiding in his house with his wife, son and two golden retrievers - has called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's elected leader, after she was detained when the military seized power in a coup on February 1.

A source, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, told The Telegraph: 'I'm sleeping with pepper spray by my bed in case the regime loyalists try to break in. We are all terrified they will try to force their way into the residence to evict the ambassador.' 

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Kyaw Zwar Minn's supporters are sleeping with pepper spray by their pillows after he was told to leave the house in Hampstead, north London, by tomorrow or face prosecution

Kyaw Zwar Minn's supporters are sleeping with pepper spray by their pillows after he was told to leave the house in Hampstead, north London, by tomorrow or face prosecution

Mr Minn waits outside the Myanmar embassy with his diplomatic car after being refused entry

Mr Minn waits outside the Myanmar embassy with his diplomatic car after being refused entry

Mr Minn said he spent the night in his car after he was locked out of the embassy in Mayfair, central London, last Wednesday, in the hope the UK Government would reinstate his access.

But two members of his former staff delivered a letter to his home on Sunday ordering him to move out by Thursday, he told The Guardian.

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Nigel Adams, the UK's Asia minister, said the government will 'support' Kyaw Zwar Minn and 'ensure his safety and security' while he remains in this country.

'I pay tribute to [Minn's] courage and patriotism,' Mr Adams tweeted after the pair met in the Foreign Office last Thursday.

The meeting came just a day after Minn's former deputy Chit Win led staff in a mutiny which saw him locked out of the country's Mayfair embassy before spending the night asleep in his car outside.

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Myanmar's military rulers also sent official notification to the UK that his diplomatic status had been revoked for refusing to recognise their authority and continuing to support jailed leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Minn said he had stopped obeying orders from the junta last month after he was ordered to return home for criticising them.

Asked yesterday whether he intended to return to his home country, Minn replied: 'Do you want to see me get killed?'

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