Military coup in Myanmar: EU announces sanctions | Free press

More and more bad news is coming from Myanmar. The army beats the people and tries to break the resistance. The EU now wants to impose sanctions on eleven people responsible.

Brussels (AP) – The EU will impose sanctions on 11 people held responsible for the military coup and violence against protesters in Myanmar. This was announced by EU representative of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell shortly before the start of a meeting with the EU ministers of Foreign Affairs in Brussels.

In the Southeast Asian state, former Burma, the army staged a coup d’état against Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi in early February.

The names of those affected must be published in the Official Journal of the EU immediately after the official decision. EU sanctions regimes require their assets to be frozen and no more money or economic resources to be made available to them. In addition, entry into the European Union is prohibited.

Many people were killed in protests against the military junta last weekend. About seven weeks after the coup, the number of deaths rose to at least 247, the prisoner aid organization AAPP announced on Twitter. The actual number will likely be much higher. The protesters are demanding a return to democratic reforms and the recovery of Suu Kyi. The 75-year-old headed a government that also included the military in ministerial posts.

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