US sanctions two more Myanmar generals after protest crackdown

The United States has imposed sanctions on two more generals involved in the February 1 military coup in Myanmar and said it did not rule out additional action after hundreds of thousands took to the streets on Monday despite the threat of violence.

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said on Monday the action was “in response to the security forces’ killing of peaceful protesters” after two people were killed over the weekend, and a 23-year-old woman died from her injuries after being shot in the head on February 9.

The sanctions penalise Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun and General Maung Maung Kyaw who are members of the State Administrative Council (SAC), which the military set up to rule the country after seizing power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Today’s designations are another step to promote accountability for military leaders who perpetrate violence and attempt to suppress the will of the people,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote on Twitter.

The coup has triggered days of mass protests in towns and cities across Myanmar and an increasing campaign of civil disobedience in which doctors, teachers, engineers and other civil servants have stopped work.

The new sanctions freeze any assets that Moe Myint Tun and Maung Maung Kyaw might have in the US and bar US companies and individuals from doing business with them. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who led the coup, was among 10 generals singled out for sanctions on February 11.