US calls detentions in Myanmar a coup, promises sanctions

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Tue, 2021-02-02 18:59

WASHINGTON: The military detention of Myanmar’s civilian leaders was a coup, US State Department officials said Tuesday, and promised sanctions and other measures targeting “the very small circle of military generals” responsible.
Biden administration officials previously had held off on classifying the military’s weekend roundup of Myanmar’s top elected officials as a takeover. State Department officials said Tuesday they were satisfied it met the legal definition of a coup, setting the stage for sanctions and other measures against those believed responsible.

Myanmar’s police officers stand guard at the entrance of parliament members residence at the congress compound in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Feb. 2, 2021. (Reuters)
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