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Bob Geldof renounces Dublin honour in Aung San Suu Kyi protest

Bob Geldof has returned his Freedom of the City of Dublin honour in protest at its association with Myanamar’s controversial leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Both Geldof, 66, and Kyi, 72, have received the freedom of the Irish capital, but Geldof announced he would hand back the award to city officials on Monday (13Nov17).
In a statement to the BBC, the Boomtown Rats rocker said: “Her association with our city shames us all and we should have no truck with it, even by default. We honoured her, now she appalls and shames us.”
Kyi was once feted around the world as she was imprisoned for campaigning for democracy in her homeland, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and receiving the Irish honour in 2012.
Since acceding to the country’s premiership in 2016, she has been fiercely criticised for her government’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority – policies many have alleged amount to ethnic cleansing.
Myanmar military officials claim to be fighting Rohingya militants and deny targeting civilians. However, around 500,000 Rohingya are estimated to have fled the country.
Geldof’s fellow Irish rockers U2 have also condemned the violence, publishing an open letter to the United Nations (U.N.) on their website.
In 2001 the band dedicated a single, Walk On, to Kyi.

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