The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement that the Department’s Foreign Assets Control Office imposed sanctions on two generals in Myanmar during the February 1 coup on Monday.
“We will not hesitate to take further action against those who oppress their own people,” said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
Myanmar police dispersed protesters in the capital, Naypyidaw, on Monday while shops closed on a general strike to protest the military coup and thousands of protesters gathered in cities, despite a chilling message from the Military Council that the confrontation will lead to more Deaths.
After three weeks of coming to power, the junta was unable to stop the protests and civil disobedience that demanded a reversal of the February 1 coup and the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
On Monday, the protests spread to cities across the country, from the northern mountain region on the border with China to the plains in the center of the country and the Irrawaddy Delta and even in the south of the country.
Three protesters have been killed since the protests began and two were shot dead in the city of Mandalay on Saturday, the bloodiest day of the campaign to restore democracy. The funeral of a young woman who was the first to be killed drew hundreds in Naypyidaw on Sunday. The army said a police officer died as a result of protests and accused protesters of stirring up violence.
The US, Japan, Singapore, UK and Germany condemned the violence. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the use of lethal force was unacceptable.
The US Secretary of State Blinken tweeted on Sunday evening that the United States would continue to “take decisive action against the authorities” violently suppressing opponents of the military coup in Myanmar.
The army took power after alleging fraud in the November 8 elections that were swept up and arrested by Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy Party. The electoral commission rejected complaints about electoral fraud.
The Association in Support of Political Prisoners in Myanmar said that 640 people have been arrested, charged or convicted since the coup, including former government officials and opponents of the takeover of the military.
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