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Feb. 22 – In response to the recent killings of civilian protesters by security forces in the Southeast Asian nation, the Biden administration blacklisted two Myanmar generals late Monday.The U.S. Treasury froze the property and properties of Lt. Gen. Moe Myint Tun and Gen. Maung Muang Kyaw, members of the Council of State Administration, which was formed by the Myanmar military—known as the Tatmadaw—to rule the country after usurping the government on Feb. 1 from its civilian leaders.

During the November parliamentary elections that saw the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi party, the civilian leader of the country, win by a landslide, the Tatmadaw carried out the coup citing irregularities. Suu Kyi and other leading officials and activists were detained and the military coup was completed by imposing a year-long state of emergency.During the November parliamentary elections that saw the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi party, the civilian leader of the country, win by a landslide, the Tatmadaw carried out the coup citing irregularities.

Suu Kyi and other leading officials and activists were detained and the military coup was completed by imposing a year-long state of emergency.Despite being met by rising displays of state brutality, demonstrators have taken to the streets in mass protests in the weeks since.Two demonstrators were killed on Saturday, and the Treasury said the sanctions were in reaction to peaceful protesters being killed.

“The Treasury Department stands with the people of Burma as they work to secure freedom and democracy and remains committed to promoting accountability for those responsible for the coup and ongoing violence,” the federal agency said.”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.

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“The punitive measure was enforced weeks after six military officers who led the coup, four members of the State Administration Council and three military-owned companies were sanctioned by the United States.In a statement, State Secretary Antony Blinken said the U.S. opposes state brutality that has killed at least four people and wounded more than 40 others, as well as the continued arrests and detention of hundreds of lawmakers, human rights defenders and peaceful demonstrations.

Since the Feb. 1 coup, 684 individuals have been arrested, convicted or sentenced, according to data from Myanmar’s Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.Blinken tweeted late Monday, “The U.S. stands with the people of Burma who demand the restoration of the democratically 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.” The penalties also forbid U.S. people from doing business with the two generals.

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