After hundreds of thousands took to the streets on Monday amid the threat of violence, the United States imposed sanctions on two more generals involved in the February 1 military coup in Myanmar and said it did not rule out further action.
The Office of Foreign Assets Management of the Treasury Department said on Monday the move was “in response to the killing of peaceful protesters by security forces” 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 penalties penalize Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun and General Maung Maung Kyaw, members of the State Administrative Council (SAC) set up by the military to rule the country following the seizure of power by Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government.
“Today’s designations are another step to promote accountability for military leaders who perpetrate violence and attempt to suppress the will of the people,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote on Twitter.
The coup sparked days of mass demonstrations in cities and towns across Myanmar and a rising civil disobedience movement in which physicians, teachers, engineers and other civil servants stopped working.
The new sanctions freeze any assets that Moe Myint Tun and Maung Maung Kyaw may have in the US and prevent business with them by US companies and individuals. On February 11th, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who led the coup, was among 10 generals singled out for sanctions.