Western countries have condemned the Feb. 1 overthrow and detention of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which has also brought daily mass demonstrations to the streets of Myanmar.
Following sanctions from the United States announced last week (Feb. 11), Britain and Canada imposed sanctions on Myanmar's ruling generals on Feb. 18 for toppling the civilian-led government while Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said he had agreed with his U.S., Indian and Australian counterparts in the so-called Quad grouping that democracy must be restored quickly in Myanmar.
Myanmar's government made no immediate reaction to the new sanctions. An army spokesman told a news conference that sanctions had been expected.
The coup halted a tentative transition to democracy that began in 2011 after nearly half a century of army rule, raising fears of a return to an old era of isolation despite the generals' promise to hold fair elections.
An action by a mass group of people, in favor of a political or other cause, partaking in a protest against a cause of concern.
The termination of a ruler or institution, especially by force.
A threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule.
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