Biden's first move against the Myanmar army!



International Desk, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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US President Joe Biden has approved an executive order imposing sanctions on Myanmar's military junta.

Joe Biden approved the executive order on Wednesday (February 10), BBC reported.

As a result, the United States will keep an eye on the country's military leaders, their families and their associates.

Steps are also being taken to withhold 720 million in US funding for Myanmar's military. The United States has said in a statement that Myanmar's military has cracked down on protesters.

"We are going to impose strong export sanctions on Myanmar," he said. "We will continue to support things that directly benefit healthcare, civil society and the people of the country," he said. But the United States will freeze their assets for things that benefit the country's government.

The US president called on international partners to join the effort to put pressure on Myanmar.

Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Tuesday (February 9), removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Two people were injured and one was on the verge of death.

The United Nations and the United States have condemned the use of force against protesters.

Meanwhile, hundreds of government workers marched in the capital in response to calls for non-cooperation from pro-democracy protesters. People of various classes and professions including doctors, teachers and railway workers have joined it.

The United Nations has called on Myanmar's security forces to show respect for the people's right to peaceful protest.

Hundreds of thousands of Aung San Suu Kyi supporters and other top political leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi have been detained since the army took power on February 1. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Monday (February 8), removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Buddhist monks also joined the protest.

In a speech to the nation on Monday, Min Aung Hlaing, the country's current ruler and army chief, promised to hold new elections soon and hand over power to the winning party. Min Aung made the announcement at a time when the country's people were moving towards a more violent movement against military rule.