Geldof takes aim at Suu Kyi

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NATION & WORLD | NEWS -

IR­ISH mu­si­cian and ac­tivist Bob Geldof has called Myan­mar leader Aung San Suu Kyi “a hand­maid to geno­cide” after re­turn­ing his Free­dom of the City of Dublin award in protest over his fel­low re­cip­i­ent’s re­sponse to the re­pres­sion of Ro­hingya Mus­lims.

“I don’t want to be on a very select roll of won­der­ful peo­ple with a killer,” Geldof told state broad­caster RTE, “some­one who is at best a hand­maid to geno­cide and an ac­com­plice to mur­der.”

More than 600,000

Mus­lims from Myan­mar’s Rakhine state have fled to refugee camps in

Bangladesh after mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions de­scribed by the UN as eth­nic cleans­ing.

Ms Suu Kyi was given the Free­dom of Dublin award in 1999 while un­der house ar­rest by Myan­mar’s then mil­i­tary govern­ment. She re­ceived her award in Ire­land in 2012, two years after her re­lease.

Dublin City Coun­cil is re­view­ing whether to strip Ms Suu Kyi of the award.

PHOTO: PA

STANCE: Bob Geldof re­turns his Free­dom of the City of Dublin award.

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