“The US will continue to take tough action against those who commit violent crimes against the people of Myanmar who demand the restoration of their democratically elected government. We stand for the Myanmar people, ”Foreign Minister Antony Blinken wrote on Twitter February 22.
The statement was made after the US administration issued an embargo against the acting of President Myint Swe, Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and many of Myanmar’s military commanders and companies on February 11.
Mr. Hlaing and Deputy Commander-in-Chief Soe Win are still on the US Treasury Department’s embargo list because of their alleged roles in the atrocity of the Rohingya minority.
Myanmar witnessed the bloodiest protest day since the incident
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently warned that if the Myanmar military commits more violent acts against peaceful protesters, the US will continue to increase the embargo.
In related developments, EU foreign ministers will meet on February 22 to ratify an embargo against those responsible for politicization in Myanmar, an EU diplomat said.
The EU high commissioner for security and foreign affairs Josep Borrell on February 20 condemned violence against protesters in Myanmar and said that EU foreign ministers would take the right decision.
To date, at least 3 protesters and one policeman have been killed in violence in Myanmar since January 1, according to Reuters.