The United States on Monday announced sanctions against two leaders of the Burmese military junta which overthrew the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Washington has vowed to take further action if the military again uses force against protesters.
“We will not waver in our support for the Burmese people,” warned US foreign minister Antony Blinken. Three weeks after the February 1 putsch, hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated again in Burma on Monday to denounce the military coup, defying the junta which warned the protesters that they risked ‘perishing’.
‘We call on the military and police to cease all attacks on peaceful protesters, immediately release all those wrongfully detained, end attacks and intimidation against journalists and activists, and restore government democratically elected, ‘the US secretary of state said in a statement.
The US government had already announced, ten days ago, a round of sanctions against several leaders of the ruling junta, including its leader, General Min Aung Hlaing.
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