Geldof takes aim at Suu Kyi
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.
STANCE: Bob Geldof returns his Freedom of the City of Dublin award.