US sanctions two more Myanmar generals after protest crackdown

US sanctions two more Myanmar generals after protest crackdown
Demonstrators flash the three-finger salute as they take part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon on Monday. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The US has imposed sanctions on two more Myanmar generals involved in the February 1 military takeover in the country and said it did not rule out additional action after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets on Monday despite the threat of violence.

On Monday, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said that the action against the Myanmar generals was “in response to the security forces’ killing of peaceful protesters” after two people were killed over the weekend, and a 23-year-old woman died from her injuries after being shot in the head on February 9.

The sanctions penalise Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun and General Maung Maung Kyaw who are members of the State Administrative Council (SAC), which the military set up to rule Myanmar after seizing power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote on Twitter: “Today’s designations are another step to promote accountability for military leaders who perpetrate violence and attempt to suppress the will of the people.”

The coup has triggered days of mass protests in cities and towns across the country and an increasing campaign of civil disobedience in which engineers, doctors, teachers and other civil servants have stopped work.

The new sanctions freeze any assets that Maung Maung Kyaw and Moe Myint Tun might have in the US and bar US individuals and companies from doing business with them.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who led the military coup, was among 10 generals singled out for sanctions on February 11.

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