The U.S. is preparing new measures against Myanmar in connection with the violence against protesters. This was stated in a written statement by Jake Sullivan, the U.S. National Security Adviser to the President, published on the White House website on Sunday, February 28.
“The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Myanmar as they continue to courageously withdraw their aspirations for democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights,” the statement said.
Additional actions are being prepared to make those responsible for the recent coup and outbreak of violence pay, he said. Sullivan said the United States has continued to coordinate with allies and partners on the issue. The adviser promised details in the coming days.
Protests have been ongoing in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 military coup that placed state power in the hands of Myanmar’s armed forces commander-in-chief, Gen. Min Aung Hlain. President Win Myin and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi were detained. The move came after days of escalating tensions between the government and the military, which did not recognize the outcome of the country’s November elections.
The coup plotters declared a one-year state of emergency in the country. Protesters took to the streets calling for the restoration of the civilian government under Aung San Suu Kyi and a return to democratic reforms.
The protests led to bloodshed in different parts of the country. At least six people were killed in the crackdown on protesters in three cities. The UN condemned the use of weapons against protesters, which led to fatalities. UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for the return of power to the civilian government.