Assigned US President Joe Biden called the military seizure of power in Myanmar a “direct assault” on democracy and rule of law, demanding they “immediately” surrender or face an “international community” response, including derailing sanctions.
Citing allegations of fraud in the November general election, the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) declared a one-year emergency on Monday and detained President Win Myint and de facto prime minister, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Biden called on the “international community” to “come together in one voice to press the Burmese military to immediately relinquish the power they have seized, release the activists and officials they have detained, lift all telecommunications restrictions, and refrain from violence against civilians.
The Obama administration lifted US sanctions against Myanmar in October 2016, declaring that the 2015 elections which saw victory for Suu Kyi’s party was a step toward democracy.
Biden’s statement also repeatedly referred to the country as “Burma,” the name used in British colonial times. It was officially changed to Myanmar by the military government in 1989, but both domestic critics and foreign governments challenging its legitimacy have continued to use Burma.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.