The United States government has reacted to last weekend’s massive crackdown of protesters by the military junta in Myanmar which led to the death of many citizens.
Thousands of people were reported to have fled across the border from Myanmar into neighboring Thailand after the bloodiest weekend the country has seen since the February 1 military coup.
The U.S. and other countries have condemned the military junta running Myanmar, with the Biden administration announcing a suspension of trade on Monday,
As Myanmar’s commanders celebrated the country’s annual Armed Forces Day with a parade of military hardware, joined by senior officials from Moscow and Beijing, they declared open season on the country’s civilians.
As part of the crackdown by the junta, some schoolchildren have been reportedly killed in their own homes in the frenzy of state-sponsored violence unleashed in a bid to quell weeks of civil disobedience.
But the huge protests have continued, with thousands taking to the streets of Myanmar’s biggest cities of Mandalay and Yangon and dozens smaller towns across the country to protest the military’s arrest of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and its total seizure of power.
Activists and monitoring groups have said at least 114 civilians were killed on Saturday alone, with thousands more taken into custody. Among the dead in the weekend carnage was 11-year-old Aye Myat Thu, whose family wailed as she was buried along with one of her drawings and her toys.
On Monday activists and witnesses said at least three more people were killed amid news protests in Yangon.
It is yet to be seen how the US sanction would affect the military regime which is been boldened by continued backing from Russia and China.