Bush Announces Sanctions Against Myanmar

WHITE HOUSE (AP) -- President Bush is setting out to punish the military rulers of Myanmar over their violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

He's announced a set of sanctions -- the second such move against Myanmar in two months.

Bush today told the Treasury Department to freeze the financial assets of additional members of the Asian country's military junta. He also moved to tighten controls on U.S. exports to Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. And he called on the governments of China and India to do more to pressure the government there.

Bush today spoke of monks being beaten and killed, and thousands of democracy supporters being arrested.

Last month, tens of thousands of people turned out for rallies in Myanmar. They began as protests of sharp fuel increases, and later turned into the biggest show of government dissent in decades.

The junta says 10 people were killed when troops opened fire to disperse demonstrators. Diplomats and dissidents say the death toll is probably much higher.

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