US sanctions against military leaders Myanmar

The United States is introducing new sanctions against the military leaders who committed a coup détat last week in Myanmar. Their business interests in the US are frozen, as well as $1 billion in Myanmar government assets in the US. Family members of the coup armies are also covered by the penalties, which come into force later this week.

President Joe Biden announced the measures on Wednesday and again demanded that the military give power back immediately to the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. She and other leaders and activists should be released, warned the president once again.

Checks on exports of goods to Myanmar are tightened. Support for health policies and civil society organisations remains possible.

For the fifth day in a row, protests against the military junta were held in several cities on Wednesday. Hundreds of officials walked through the streets of the capital Naypyitaw in a march of civil disobedience, in the company of doctors, teachers and train staff.

On Tuesday, security forces intervened hard, killing at least four people after being shot. Violence is unacceptable, says Biden. He said the United States is willing to take more action.