Bono calls on Burma leader to end violent persecution
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’.”
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