The US government severed trade relations with Myanmar, two months after the ouster of President Aung San Suu Kyi, and at least 200 protesters were killed. A democratically elected government. “
“The United States supports the people of Burma in their efforts to restore a democratically elected government, which has been the basis of Burmas economic growth and reform,” Tai said. The United States strongly condemns the violence perpetrated by Burmese security forces against civilians.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, and the United States began cooperating in 2013 after the US sanctions were eased a year before an election that saw Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly win.
According to TechCrunch, the trade suspension is targeting the ruling military junta, but it leaves millions of internet users across Myanmar in a state of uncertainty as US cloud and internet companies argue with the US government’s order, at a time when protesters struggle to stay online.
Myanmar has banned Facebook, Twitter and Instagram “until further notice”.
Sanctions were imposed to prevent goods, money and some services from being shipped to other countries. Companies operating in the United States must follow US sanctions or face severe financial sanctions.