EU ready sanctions on Myanmar generals

Public protests against the military coup continue

Public protests against the military coup continue

Brussels … News Time

The European Union (EU) has said it is ready to impose sanctions on officials responsible for a military coup in Myanmar. EU foreign ministers said in a statement issued after a conference in Brussels on Monday that the bloc was ready to take action against military officials responsible for the February 1 military coup in Myanmar. The statement added that Myanmar’s military should make every effort to end tensions in the country, hand over power to the people’s government and release arrested political leaders. On the other hand, the United States and Japan have also condemned the violence in Myanmar.

Despite strong measures by Myanmar’s military government, public protests against the military coup continue. Thousands marched on the streets of Yangon on Monday, disrupting business. Protests have been going on across the country since the February 1 military coup, with two more people killed during the protests on Saturday. Protesters in Yangon on Monday demanded the immediate release of Democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has been in military custody since February 1. Myanmar’s military has said in a recent statement that taking control of the country by the military is a constitutional process. The statement issued by the Foreign Ministry further said that despite illegal demonstrations, provocations and violence, the concerned authorities are avoiding the misuse of force. The statement said security personnel were working to ensure public safety in accordance with national laws and international standards. It may be recalled that the democratic system was activated in 2015 after five decades of military dictatorship in Myanmar.


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