Joe Biden urges Myanmar’s military to relinquish power, release officials

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President Joe Biden delivers a speech on foreign policy, at the State Department, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 2:25 PM PT – Friday, February 5, 2021

Joe Biden called on Myanmar’s military to step down in his first foreign policy address. While speaking to the press on Thursday, Biden announced the U.S. is working with its allies to address the recent coup.

Biden said a military force should never attempt to overrule the will of the people or try to reverse the outcome of a democratic election.

“The Burmese military should relinquish [the] power they have seized, release the advocates and activists and officials they have detained,” Biden said. “And lift the restrictions on telecommunications and refrain from violence.”

Supporters give roses to police while four arrested activists make a court appearance in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Hundreds of students and teachers have taken to Myanmar’s streets to demand the military hand power back to elected politicians, as resistance to a coup swelled with demonstrations in several parts of the country. (AP Photo)

Earlier this week, Biden warned he may re-impose sanctions on the government in an effort to maintain democracy.

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