Bono calls on Burma leader to end vi­o­lent per­se­cu­tion

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Rock­ers U2 have called on Burma’s civil­ian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to fight harder against se­ri­ous vi­o­lence in­flicted by the na­tion’s own se­cu­rity forces.

The mu­si­cians, led by singer Bono, posted a lengthy plea yes­ter­day aimed at the No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ate, af­ter say­ing they had tried to reach out to her di­rectly.

They claimed that her fail­ure to chal­lenge the tar­get­ing of thou­sands of Ro­hingya Mus­lims in Burma, also known as Myan­mar, was “start­ing to look a lot like as­sent”.

The state­ment, shared on the band’s web­site, read: “For these atroc­i­ties against the Ro­hingya peo­ple to be hap­pen­ing on her watch blows our minds and breaks our hearts.

“On be­half of our au­di­ence who cam­paigned so hard for her, we reached out sev­eral times to speak to Aung San Suu Kyi di­rectly about the cri­sis in her coun­try and the in­hu­man­ity be­ing di­rected at the Ro­hingya peo­ple.

“We ex­pected to speak to her this week, but it ap­pears this call will now not hap­pen.

“So we say to you now what we would have said to her: the vi­o­lence and ter­ror be­ing vis­ited on the Ro­hingya peo­ple are ap­palling atroc­i­ties and must stop. Aung San Suu Kyi’s si­lence is start­ing to look a lot like as­sent.

“As Martin Luther King said: ‘The ul­ti­mate tragedy is not the op­pres­sion and cru­elty by the bad peo­ple but the si­lence over that by the good peo­ple’.”

Aung San Suu Kyi

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