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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has imposed sanctions on 22 individuals in Myanmar, including seven key military officials, the US Treasury Department said in a release on Friday.

    "The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 22 individuals connected to Burma’s military regime," the release said. "Among the individuals sanctioned today are seven key members of Burma’s military, which continues to repress the pro-democracy movement in the country and use lethal force against the people of Burma, including children and members of ethnic minority groups.

    Demonstrators hide behind a barricade during protests against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar March 28, 2021 in this screen grab taken from a social media video obtained by REUTERS.
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    The Treasury Department said the other 15 individuals are the spouses or adult children of previously designated senior Myanmar military officials whose financial networks have contributed to their "ill-gotten gains."

    On 1 February, the Myanmar military overthrew the civilian government and declared a year-long state of emergency. The coup triggered mass protests and was met by deadly violence, resulting in the death of several hundred people.

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