Myanmar

Burmese junta hit with additional US sanctions

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The US has confirmed additional sanctions against Myanmar in response to the February 1 military coup that ousted the democratically-elected civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi. CNN reports that the latest round of sanctions, which have been introduced in coordination with the UK and Canada, are aimed at the State Administrative Council, or military junta. In particular, they target a number of prominent figures in the Burmese military, along with family members of previously identified individuals.

The February 1 coup plunged Myanmar into chaos, with anti-coup protests met with violence and bloodshed. This is the third round of sanctions to be introduced by the US government in recent months, with Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, saying those who orchestrated the coup must be held to account.

“As President Biden has stated, the United States will continue to promote accountability for those responsible for the coup. Our actions today underscore our resolve and that of our partners to apply political and financial pressure on the regime as long as it fails to stop violence and take meaningful action to respect the will of the people.”

The US Treasury has named 16 people targeted in the latest round of sanctions, 13 of whom are prominent figures in the Burmese military. They will no longer have access to their property and possessions in the US. The other 3 are reported to be the adult children of previously identified members of the military.

“13 of the individuals sanctioned today are key members of Burma’s military regime, which is violently repressing the pro-democracy movement in the country and is responsible for the ongoing violent and lethal attacks against the people of Burma, including the killing of children.”

SOURCE: CNN

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6 Comments

  1. @David Ambrosia – I guess it depends on what assets they are holding in the US. If it is just investments the junta members will write them off with little pain. If it is properties or yachts where their children or family stay for longer periods, it would be felt. But than again, they could go to another place on earth to buy LV bags and hit a golf ball.

  2. Has anyone noticed dictators tend to have a lot of medals, and it seems the worse the dictator the more the medals.
    This Min Hung Hlaing has quite a collection and more than Thai P.M. Pratlut, but Min Hung has been a dictator for a longer time.
    One of the worst dictators was Idi Amin. He had so many medals they went all the way down his left hand side to his waist. The weight of them obliged him to walk like John Wayne.
    He even awarded himself a VC, however he was in the British Army – as a cook. The medal was for frying 100 eggs in three minutes while being shouted at by a Sergeant Major.
    Min Hung has a medal for gallantry. It is a Malaysian medal! How did he earn that???
    Thailand will not interfere in Myanmar while P.M. Pratlut is in power and this is why.
    Min Hung has the Thai: Most exalted Order of The White Elephant Knight Grand Cross 1st Class.
    P.M. Pratluc has The Knight Grand Cordon, (special class) of the most Exalted Order of the White Elephant.
    Those white elephants stick together.

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