US sanctions 2 Burmese generals for violence against protesters: Treasury Department

WASHINGTON – The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on two members of Burma’s military junta for the February 1 coup.

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said the move was targeting Lt. Gen. Moe Myint Tun and Gen. Maung Maung Kyaw.

« The military must reverse their actions and urgently restore the democratically elected government in Burma, or the Treasury Department will not hesitate to take further action, » the department said in a statement.

Police use water cannons to disperse protesters during a protest in Mandalay, Burma, on Feb.9, 2021. (AP Photo)

“The United States will continue to work with partners throughout the region and the world to pressure the Burmese army and police to stop all violence against peaceful protesters, to support the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in Burma, to urge the immediate release of political prisoners, including State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, and to promote accountability for those responsible for trying to reverse Burma’s progress towards democracy. « 

The measure freezes US assets from those blacklisted and generally prohibits Americans from dealing with them.