Geldof gives up Freedom in protest
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