Family members of Myanmar’s coup leader face US sanctions

Two family members of Myanmar’s commander in chief have been included in United States sanctions Wednesday, beefing up US financial penalties in response to the military’s five-week-old coup and its deadly ongoing crackdown on protesters.

The new measures set by the Treasury Department, target adult children of Army Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and six of their businesses.

Leaders of the military “should not be able to continue to derive benefits from the regime as it resorts to violence and tightens its stranglehold on democracy,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

The State Department cited at least 53 killings by security forces since then, as police attack crowds turning out in the street to demand that the junta cede power.

Biden administration officials said more than 1,700 people have been arrested, including journalists, rights activists and medical workers.

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Wednesday’s were the latest in a series of penalties imposed by the US over the military takeover, including new export restrictions announced earlier this month.

The United States already had many of Myanmar’s military leaders under sanctions for mass killings of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority in recent years. Biden officials have said they were seeking new ways to target the finances and other support for the military and its leaders without hurting the country’s people.

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