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Myanmar coup: US announces sanctions on leaders

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US President Joe Biden has approved an executive order to impose sanctions on the leaders of Myanmar's coup.

The measures will be focused on military leaders, their family members and businesses linked to them.

Steps are also being taken to block access by the military to $1bn (£720m) of government funds held in the US.

The sanctions come as a woman who was shot in the head during protests against the coup fights for her life at a hospital in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing was hurt on Tuesday when police tried to disperse protesters using water cannon, rubber bullets and live rounds.

The wound was consistent with one from live ammunition, rights groups say.

Tens of thousands have turned out in street protests against last week's coup, which overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi's democratically elected government in the South East Asian country - also known as Burma - despite a recent ban on large gatherings and a night curfew.

There have been reports of other serious injuries as police have increased their use of force, but no deaths so far.

  Comments - 6

  • Jude Thursday, 11 February 2021 11:02 AM

    Myanmar coup leaders DON'T care about American sanctions!! As long as China their ally!! Yeah!!

    RoaringCreek Thursday, 11 February 2021 11:21 AM

    Vietnam is in a rapid development period and the main market is USA. So the sanctions will have a very serious effect on the economy in Vietnam.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 11 February 2021 11:46 AM

    Yes China is ally for their ulterior benefits. They support

    Jude Thursday, 11 February 2021 11:21 AM

    USA sanctions could've worked 10 years ago but NOW you got soon to be global leader the belligerent CHINA and that guy Putin led Russia !! Huh!!

    Bernard Thursday, 11 February 2021 07:19 PM

    Some countries have yet to condemn the military take-over in Myanmar due to deep ,-rooted military interests over the years, notwithstanding the threat to democracy.

    Sumedha Friday, 12 February 2021 01:09 AM

    Expect the same soon Srilanka. Similar response awaited


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