The US is also threatening to take more measures because of the coup d’état that the army of Myanmar committed 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 State Department Anthony Blinken in a statement. “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,” said Blinken.
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 plotters are also subject to the punitive measures. Controls on the export of goods to Myanmar were also tightened. Support for health policy and social organizations is still possible.
Businesses in Myanmar closed their doors on Monday in protest against the military coup. Tens of thousands of demonstrators also took to the streets, despite the deadly violence used in protests last weekend. New protests are also planned on Tuesday.
The European Union also announced on Monday that it is preparing for sanctions against the coup plotters. Among other things, the EU is looking into whether it can still continue its trade with and development aid to the South Asian country. The EU does want the sanctions not to hit the Myanmar population, but only the coup plotters.
Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.
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