Two members of the Myanmar military junta were sanctioned by the US on Monday (Feb 23) over the nation’s Feb 1 coup.
The United States said that it blocked the entry of two members, Maung Maung Kyau, who is head of the Air Force, and Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun, into the country, of any United States property and suspended its entry into the country.
“The military must reverse its actions and urgently restore the democratically elected government in Burma, or the Treasury Department will not hesitate to take further action,” the department said in a statement.
“We will not hesitate to take further action against those who perpetrate violence and suppress the will of the people. We will not waver in our support for the people of Burma,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, using Myanmar’s former name.
“We call on the military and police to cease all attacks on peaceful protesters, immediately release all those unjustly detained, stop attacks on and intimidation of journalists and activists and restore the democratically elected government,” he said.
The announcement comes several hours after the European Union has implemented sanctions on the Myanmar Army, which have increased international pressure on Feb 1 coup, during which the generals overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi, a democratic leader.
Since demonstrators were gunned down over the past weekend, the junta has cautioned against using lethal force to break up the growing demonstrations.
Other top figures, such as Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the country’s military leader and new ruler have already been penalised by the US.