US Sanctions Two More Myanmar Generals After Protest Crackdown

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The US imposed sanctions on two more military generals in Myanmar for their involvement in the February 1 coup. The new administration further added that it did not rule out additional action after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets and participated in anti-coup rallies.

On Monday, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said that the measures were taken in response to Burma’s military killing civilians for exercising their right to protest. Local media reports suggested that on February 9, a twenty-three-year-old woman died after being shot on the head.

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The latest sanctions penalize General Maung Maung Kyaw and Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun, who are members of the State Administrative Council (SCA), set up by the military officers to rule the country after the army takeover. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken took to Twitter and stated, “Today’s designations are another step to promote accountability for military leaders who perpetrate violence and attempt to suppress the will of the people.”

The coup has triggered mass rallies across the country, with doctors, teachers, and students participating in civil disobedience campaigns. Moreover, the new sanctions freeze any assets that the generals have in the US and bar private companies from working with these individuals.

Despite the threats made on Myanmar’s state television, millions of people took to the streets in Burma on Monday. Meanwhile, an independent organization that has been tracking the detentions since the coup unfolded said that so far more than 684 people have been arrested by the security forces and nearly 637 remain in custody.

While speaking to the news reporters, the State Department’s spokesperson Ned Price said that the US did not rule out additional action against Burma and condemned the use of force against peaceful protestors. Separately, the EU also agreed to impose additional sanctions on Myanmar following a foreign ministers meeting, however, the details are yet to be made public. Moreover, the United Kingdom summoned Burma’s ambassador for the second time this month to military take over and the use of force against the demonstrators.

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