Geldof gives up Free­dom in protest

Manchester Evening News - - NATIONAL -

AUNG SAN SUU KYI has “duped” Ire­land, Bob Geldof has said as he re­turned his free­dom of Dublin in protest.

The mu­si­cian said the No­bel Peace Prize win­ner who came through so much had an even greater re­spon­si­bil­ity not to “over­see” carnage in Burma.

Suu Kyi be­came a free woman of the Ir­ish cap­i­tal in 2000 as she strug­gled for democ­racy while un­der mil­i­tary ar­rest.

Since her free­dom and elec­tion as de facto leader two years ago she has faced in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism over lack of ac­tion to pre­vent al­leged eth­nic cleans­ing of her coun­try’s Ro­hingya Mus­lims by se­cu­rity forces.

Geldof, 66, said: “Hav­ing fought through moral force she comes to power demo­crat­i­cally.

“How much more is the re­spon­si­bil­ity on you at that point to say some­thing, to not over­see carnage?”

More than half a mil­lion of the Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity group have fled to Bangladesh.

Aung San Suu Kyi with Bono, of Dublin band U2

Bob Geldof (right) ar­rives at City Hall in Dublin with Coun­cil­lor Man­nix Flynn to hand back his Free­dom of the City of Dublin

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