Sir Bob is re­turn­ing his Dublin hon­our

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Ir­ish rock singer Sir Bob Geldof says he is re­turn­ing his Free­dom of the City of Dublin hon­our be­cause it is also held by Myan­mar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, ac­cus­ing her of com­plic­ity for what he and oth­ers, in­clud­ing the UN, call “eth­nic cleans­ing” of Ro­hingya Mus­lims in the Asian na­tion.

The founder of Live Aid says Suu Kyi is a “hand­maiden to geno­cide” whose as­so­ci­a­tion with Ire­land’s cap­i­tal “shames us all.”

Suu Kyi is a No­bel peace lau­re­ate for her lead­er­ship of the democ­racy move­ment in Myan­mar but she has come un­der wide­spread crit­i­cism as her coun­try’s civil­ian leader be­cause of vi­o­lence that has caused the Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity to flee the coun­try.

In a state­ment, Geldof says he is a “proud Dubliner” and does not want the cer­e­mo­nial ti­tle while Suu Kyi also holds it. He says that “her as­so­ci­a­tion with our city shames us all and we should have no truck with it, even by de­fault.”

Suu Kyi was awarded the Dublin hon­our in 1999.

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