Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The administration of the President of the United States (US) Joe Biden again dropped a ‘bomb’ on Myanmar. Not in the real sense, but sanctions.
This time the sentences were given to two members of the military junta who were held responsible for the February 1 coup, which toppled the leader of facto Aung San Suu Kyi, in that country. The Ministry of Finance’s Foreign Asset Monitoring Office said the sanctions were aimed at Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun and General Maung Maung Kyaw.
“The military must cancel its actions and immediately restore the democratically elected government of Burma (another name for Myanmar), or the Ministry of Finance will not hesitate to take further action,” the department said in a statement on Monday (22/2/2021), quoted from Reuters.
The sanctions set up would freeze both US assets. American or foreign citizens are also prohibited from dealing with the two generals.
In a coup that took place in early February, Suu Kyi was arrested along with a number of top officials from her National League for Democracy (NLD) party. The military junta accused Suu Kyi’s victory of cheating.
This led to demonstrations for days by anti-military citizens. This made the Myanmar junta even more violent.
The military threatened residents not to participate in demonstrations and take to the streets. The junta stressed that many people would lose their lives if the mass strike continued.
Quoted AFP, this was conveyed in a news broadcast that aired by the country’s news agency on Sunday (21/2/2021) night. This was done after the bloody demonstration on Saturday, which left three people dead.
The victim died when security forces opened fire on protesters in the cities of Mandalay and Yangon. Friday, a young female demonstrator also died the day after being shot in the head and spent nearly two weeks in critical condition.
The woman who was buried on Sunday is the first confirmed death victim of the protests. He has now emerged as a powerful symbol of the anti-junta movement which is currently expanding.
Europe Block Myanmar Development Fund
Meanwhile European Union ministers agreed to impose sanctions on Myanmar’s military. Some development aid will be withheld.
“We took a political agreement to implement sanctions targeting the military responsible for the coup and their economic interests,” said foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
“All direct financial support from our development system for government reform programs is withheld.”
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