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Myanmar's ambassador to the UK was forced to sleep in his car after being locked out of the embassy.

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DEBORAH HAYNES: A salute of defiance after being locked out of his own embassy. Myanmar's man in London, facing the consequences of defying the military regime at home.

Sky News. What's your message to the UK, now this has happened?

KYAW ZWAR MINN: You know that, you know, this kind of coup is happening in the middle of [INAUDIBLE] And it's-- you're in the middle of London. So it shouldn't be happening.

- What would you like--

DEBORAH HAYNES: So what do you want the UK to do?


DEBORAH HAYNES: He's referring to embassy officials, who've taken charge of the mission. Kyaw Zwar Minn, forced to spend Wednesday night in his car, before seeking help from the foreign office in an extraordinary standoff.

Will you return home, if they don't support you?

KYAW ZWAR MINN: Do you want me to see get killing?

DEBORAH HAYNES: You think you'll be killed if you go home?

KYAW ZWAR MINN: Who knows?

DEBORAH HAYNES: Have you been threatened with that kind of retaliation?

KYAW ZWAR MINN: Uh. OK, next, next one

DEBORAH HAYNES: He has every reason to be scared. Hundreds of people, including children, have been killed by government forces in Myanmar during weeks of protests after the military seized control. The UK has condemned the coup, but this mini regime change at the Myanmar embassy poses a diplomatic dilemma.

PETER RICKETTS: The British government has to deal with governments, and so they have to have ambassadors in London representing their governments. If this poor gentleman is no longer representing the Myanmar government, then effectively he becomes a dissident and he might have to apply for asylum if he wants to stay in this country.

DEBORAH HAYNES: The ambassador's supporters want the UK to back their man and help oust the military Junta. Tributes to those who've died, a reminder of what's at stake. Deborah Haynes, Sky News.