The United States on Monday announced sanctions against two other junta leaders in Myanmar and warned of further action as hundreds of thousands rallied defiantly to restore democracy to the nation.
The United States said it has blocked all US property and suspended the entry of two members of the state’s newly ruling board of directors – General Maung Maung Kyaw, who commands the Air Force and Lt. General Moe Myint Tun – into the country.
“We will not hesitate to take further action against those who practice violence and suppress the will of the people. We will not hesitate in our support for the people of Burma,” said Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, using the former name of Myanmar.
“We call on the military and police to stop all attacks on peaceful demonstrators, release anyone wrongly detained, stop attacks and intimidation against journalists and activists, and restore the democratically elected government,” he said in a statement.
The announcement comes hours after the European Union also approved sanctions against Myanmar’s military, adding to international pressure over the February 1 coup in which the generals overthrew Democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The junta has warned that it is ready to use lethal force to crush increasingly large demonstrations after demonstrators were shot dead over the weekend.
The United States has already imposed sanctions on other high-ranking figures, including Major General Min Aung Hlaing, the military chief and the country’s new ruler.
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