LIVE AID founder Bob Geldof has returned his freedom of the city of Dublin award in protest at the same honour being held by Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Irish singer and humanitarian campaigner handed back the scroll saying Ms Suu Kyi ‘does not deserve to be honoured by the city’.
She has been condemned for failing to stop violence against her country’s Rohingya Muslims, forcing more than 600,000 of the minority group to flee to Bangladesh.
Speaking outside Dublin city hall, Geldof said: ‘She has let us Dubliners down, she has let Ireland down. We thought she was one thing and we have been duped. Her association with our city shames us all.’
Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was a human rights symbol for years and given the award by Dublin city council in 2000.
But she has faced calls to be stripped of the humanitarian awards she received during her years under house arrest by Myanmar’s military rulers. Last month, her freedom of Oxford honour was taken away.
Meanwhile, Downing Street has said the treatment of the Rohingya ‘looks like ethnic cleansing’. It came as Theresa May’s spokesman called for Myanmar’s army to end a campaign of ‘inhumane violence’.
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s military last night said its own investigation had exonerated security forces of all allegations of rape and killings.
But it has replaced the general in charge of Rakhine ahead of a visit by US secretary of state Rex Tillerson.