Skip to comments.Biden Administration Declares Myanmar Crisis A Coup D’Etat – Sanctions Coming As Unrest Looms
Posted on 02/02/2021 2:22:33 PM PST by SeekAndFind
The State Department is warning of the potential for "civil and political unrest in Burma" following the dramatic military takeover of the country and arrest of its civilian leadership Monday. This as all international travel has been halted, and various communications including internet were cut to the capital.
The Biden administration has now formally declared it as a coup d'état, which means Washington is required by law to cut off all foreign assistance to the southeast Asian country. It further announced that targeted action will be taken "against those responsible" for the arrests and continued detention of the elected civilian leadership, likely in the form of sanctions.
"After careful review of the facts and circumstances, we have assessed that Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma's ruling party, and Win Myint, the duly elected head of government, were deposed in a military coup on February 1," the State Department announced Tuesday.
"We continue to call on the Burmese military leadership to release them and all other detained civil society and political leaders immediately and unconditionally."
"In addition, we will undertake a broader review of our assistance programs to ensure they align with recent events," the official said.
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Army commander Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, via Bankok Post
"At the same time, we will continue programs that benefit the people of Burma directly, including humanitarian assistance and democracy support programs that benefit civil society. A democratic civilian led government has always been Burma's best opportunity to address the problems the country faces," the statement added.
Statement from @POTUS on #BurmaCoup: US "removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy. The reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action." pic.twitter.com/hMFFiqKEVR — Steve Herman (@W7VOA) February 1, 2021
According to the State Department, currently "very little" foreign assistance goes to Myanmar's government given recent years of what's been dubbed "democratic backsliding" in international reports.
One local eyewitness told BBC of the chaotic hours after military raids on government leaders' homes: "We woke up with the news of the military coup in the early morning and some of our friends were detained," according to BBC's Newsday program.
"The internet connectivity is not there anymore... I can't go out and use my phone, there is no data at all. This is what's happening right now. There are military cars roaming around the city," the eyewitness added.
And he said this from somewhere in the green zone? Behind his wall of soldiers? After his seizing the nation’s government by force and subterfuge?
Looks like a whole heaping helping of ‘not our problem’ if you ask me.
Joe you can’t control everything. Or if you can, then why did you permit this?
So, if the Biden regime took over in a coup, does that mean that the U.S. government does not fund itself?
Joe wants no vote fraud investigations in other countries either.
Send in the Bush/ Cheney division!
Not exactly a topic of discussion around water coolers nationwide.
Its funny how all of a sudden all these dictators are flexing their muscles now that President Trump is not in power. First the Chinese just swore to take Taiwan back and warned America to back off just this week. And now this. Everyone recognizes the weakling that Dementia Joe is.
Exactly. What has this got to do with us? We have enough problems of our own.
Banana republic sanctions other banana republic. Yay.
Joepedo understandably doesn’t like seeing a coup kicked to the curb.
Biden: I hereby condemn the regime sending 25,000 troops to lock-down the capital in a show of force to prevent citizens from exercising their rights.
…..huh? What’s that Anthony? What? When?
OK folks. Never mind.
“Everyone recognizes the weakling that Dementia Joe is.”
Joseph the Usurper fits the classic Chinese definition of a “paper tiger”.
It will always be Burma to me. :(
A distraction away from all the problems he's creating here in our nation. Seems it is not enough to screw up the USA, he wants to screw up the world also.
This is rich. Oh the Irony.
Biden taking sanctions against Myanmar for staging a coup d’état right after he and the Uniparty staged the own coup here in the US.
Myanmar ought to release a statement condemning the USA for our own overthrow of a legitimate government.
I’m gonna guess that Myanmar’s trade with China is about 20X larger than trade with the USA. Probably the same for investment, tourism, military exchanges.
I’m also gonna guess Myanmar’s Junta doesn’t give a flying fig what Joe says or does and was probably waiting for Demented Joe to take power.
No problem, Chuck and Nanners are all over it like stink on $hit.
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