European sanctions against eleven of those involved in the coup in Myanmar, including the army chief

On Monday, the European Union imposed sanctions on the leader of the ruling military group in Myanmar, General Min Aung Hlaing, ten high-ranking military officers and the head of the electoral college to suppress pro-democracy demonstrations since the February 1 coup.

The decision was made at the beginning of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the European Union in Brussels.

The official announcement released by the European Council states that the sanctions include banning target officials from entering the European Union countries or transit at their airports and freezing their assets and resources in the European Union, if any.

Earlier, Josep Borrell, EU foreign affairs chief, said the European Union would impose sanctions on 11 people in connection with the February 1st coup in Myanmar at a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers in Brussels.

The sanctions will be applied as soon as the European ministers officially ratify the decision.

It happened when protesters in Myanmar continued their protests against military rule on Sunday, despite the high death toll from the security forces, while the ruling military council appeared equally determined to resist external pressure and make no concessions.

According to the Association to Support Political Prisoners in Myanmar, the number of people killed since the coup has reached 248. For its part, the Military Council stated that two police officers were killed during the protests.

The coup and the violent suppression of the protests were condemned by Western countries. And some Asian neighboring countries of Myanmar also voiced criticism after avoiding the exchange of criticism for years.

However, the military showed no sign of abandoning their position and defended the seizure of power that has hampered the slow transition to democracy in a country that has been military-ruled since 1962.

The military council says the elections, which took place on November 8th and were won by the Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy party, were rigged, which was rejected by the electoral commission. Army leaders promised to hold new elections but did not set a date for them.

75-year-old Suu Kyi has been charged with bribery and other crimes that can result in her being prevented from engaging in politics and arrested if convicted. Her lawyer says the charges against her have been exposed.

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