Biden Threatens Myanmar With Sanctions Over Army Coup, Vows to ‘Stand Up for Democracy Under Attack’

Myanmar’s military, Tatmadaw, detained National League for Democracy Party (NLD) leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as President Win Myint and other members of the ruling party on 1 February, voiding the NLD’s landslide November election victory in response to alleged voter fraud and declaring a state of emergency for a year.

US President Joe Biden has made a statement warning that America could reinstate sanctions on Myanmar in light of the military takeover in the country.

Myanmar’s military detained National League for Democracy Party (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials on 1 February, citing fraud concering the NLD’s recent landslide election win.

Biden’s statement on Monday said “the international community should come together in one voice to press the Burmese military to immediately relinquish the power they have seized, release the activists and officials they have detained, lift all telecommunications restrictions, and refrain from violence against civilians”.

​Recalling that Washington had removed sanctions on Myanmar over the past decade based on its “progress toward democracy”, the president added:

Joe Biden emphasised that “force should never seek to overrule the will of the people or attempt to erase the outcome of a credible election”. The US president concluded the statement by underscoring:

US-Myanmar Relations

From 1962 until 2011, Washington had restricted bilateral relations with Myanmar, also known as Burma. The…

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  1. He needs to shut up and worry about things here in the United States. We are always condemning other nations when we have massive problems here!


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