US Targets Myanmar Junta and Its Lackeys

One year after the Myanmar takeover, the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada have sanctioned three junta appointees. Conversely, Washington is pursuing four regime supporters and two arms and equipment suppliers.

Biden urged the authorities to change direction and free all those wrongfully incarcerated, notably State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint.

Warnings and Weapons Acquisitions

Since the February 1 takeover, Biden warned and sanctioned generals and junta leaders.

He warned Tuesday, “we will keep putting further penalties on the military and its allies, as long as the junta denies the Burmese people their democratic voice.”

They were listed “for their involvement in allowing the government to undermine law and order and Burma’s democratic systems” by the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.

The US measures targeted the military’s Directorate of Acquisition, industrialist Tay Za and his children, Nye Phyo Tay Za and Htoo Htet Tay Za. The sanctions also targeted entrepreneur Jonathan Myo Kyaw Thaung and KT Services and Logistics Co., Ltd.

The commanding officer of the Defense Services’ Directorate of Acquisition purchases military armaments and equipment.

Tay Za owns many military-supply firms and accompanied the junta’s team to Russia to buy weaponry last year. UK sanctions against him began in September 2021. His sons are key leaders in Tay Za’s enterprises.

Jonathan Myo Kyaw Thaung is the Head of KT Services, which operates Yangon’s TMT Port. It leases the harbor from the army-owned Myanma Economic Holdings Limited, which was put on the blacklist on March 25, 2021.

Solidarity with the Myanmar People

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken remarked in a notice that penalties “demonstrate the international community’s huge backing for the Myanmar people.”

The United States, United Kingdom, and Canadian sanctions against junta leaders implicated in significant human rights abuses and businesses selling arms and ammo used to kill people were announced on December 10.

On April 9, junta soldiers murdered at least 82 anti-regime protestors in Bago, including Myo Swe Win, the region’s chief minister. The US officially supports ASEAN’s April five-point accord to eliminate military rule.

According to the UN Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, the military killed at least 35 civilians in Hpruso Township, Kayah State, on December 24.

The EU and other nations urged continued humanitarian relief to over 400,000 people impacted by violence. Strikes, flash mobs, urban guerrilla assaults, and armed uprisings continue.

They still massacre civilians and burn them alive. They have no problem with using them as human shields, bombing residential areas, pillaging and burning houses, or conducting sexual assaults.

This happens mainly in the Sagaing and Magwe regions, Karen, Chin, Shan & Kayah states.

On the coup’s first day, at least 1,503 people were slain; almost 12,000 were arrested, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Win Myint.