Tuesday, February 23, 2021

New US sanctions against Myanmar military leaders


The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on two Myanmar army leaders. The military has been blacklisted, which, among other things, has frozen their shares in the US.

These are General Maung Maung Kyaw, the Commander in Chief of the Air Force, and Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun, a commander of a branch of the army engaged in military operations in the capital, Naypyidaw.

The US is also threatening to take more measures due to the coup d’état that the Myanmar army carried out at the beginning of this month. “We will not hesitate to take further action against those who perpetuate violence and suppress the will of the people,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “We call on the military and police to end all attacks on peaceful protesters, release anyone wrongfully detained, stop attacks on and intimidate journalists and activists, and restore the democratically elected government.”

The US Treasury Department also said in a statement that “the military must reverse the situation and restore the democratically elected government.”

Earlier this month, the US also introduced sanctions against military leaders in Myanmar. Their business interests were frozen, as well as $ 1 billion in Myanmar government assets. Family members of the coup perpetrators are also subject to the punitive measures. In addition, controls on the export of goods to Myanmar were tightened.

On Monday, a national strike action took place that paralyzed the entire country, and people took to the streets again on Tuesday to demonstrate against the military junta.

Great unrest arose in Myanmar after the coup d’état of February 1. Then the army arrested Head of Government Aung San Suu Kyi. Her political party had won the parliamentary elections by force, while an army-affiliated party had suffered a severe defeat. The generals then argued that fraud had taken place. They promise to hold new elections but have not given a date yet.



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