In light of allegations that Myanmar’s recent general elections were riddled with fraud, the country’s military generals seized power from democratically-elected officials in a coup d’état and opted to impose a one-year state of emergency.
US President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that his administration would be imposing sanctions against several military leaders in Myanmar after soldiers recently detained government officials and placed the country under the command of the armed forces.
“As protests grow, violence against those asserting their democratic rights is unacceptable and we’re going to keep calling it out. The people of Burma are making their voices heard and the world is watching,” he added.
Latest remarks by Biden came over a week after the US Department of State officially recognized that the Myanmar military’s detention of Suu Kyi and President Win Myint constituted a coup. Following Biden’s remarks, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters that the agency believes “we can certainly impose substantial costs on those who are responsible for this.”
The president previously indicated that he was working alongside US allies and lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in order to determine best responses to the early February coup. Biden first signaled during his February 4 address on the matter that “consequences” would befall individuals who…