EU sanctions Myanmar as Germany condemns 'murders'

The balloons being released by these protesters in Myanmar have the acronym "R2P" on them, for "responsibility to protect."

It's an appeal to the United Nations, asking how many more people have to be killed before help arrives.

At least 250 people are said to have died so far in the protests against Myanmar's military coup, according to a local activist group called the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

Opponents of the coup are increasingly trying to find new ways to get their voice heard, while avoiding the crackdowns.

The European Union has now become the latest entity to target Myanmar's military leadership with sanctions and travel bans, following the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

The military has given no sign of backing down, and says it has only used force when necessary.

Germany's foreign minister, however, says what's happening in Myanmar are "murders," and the sanctions are a response to that.

Stronger measures are expected soon from the EU, which would prevent European investors and banks from doing business with conglomerates run by the military.

The conglomerates' assets are spread wide, touching everything from heavy industry to hotels, telecoms, and food and beverages.