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"I would be a hypocrite now were I to share honours with one who has become at best an accomplice to murder, complicit in ethnic cleansing and a handmaiden to genocide." More than 600,000 of the minority group have fled the northern Rakhine state into neighbouring Bangladesh since August, leading to a major humanitarian crisis.The Live Aid founder and musician blasted the Burmese leader, saying she was a "handmaiden to genocide" whose association with the capital "shames us all".“I am a founding patron of The Aegis Trust, who are concerned with genocide prevention and studies.“I spoke at the inaugural National Holocaust Memorial Day at Westminster and in my time, I have walked amongst peoples who were sectionally targeted with ethnic cleansing."It seems very petty in the face of 600,000 people being bombed out of their strawed homes, the killing of the males and being forced to cross borders into another country, but it's all I can do."She is now a pariah." When questioned by Sean O'Rourke as to what the next step was in removing your name from the scroll, Geldof replied; "I sort of make these things up as I go along.“I would be a hypocrite now were I to share honours with one who has become at best an accomplice to murder, complicit in ethnic cleansing and a handmaiden to genocide.” More than 600,000 of the minority group have fled the northern Rakhine state into neighbouring Bangladesh to avoid violence between Burmese security forces and rebels since August, leading to a major humanitarian crisis.
"When I raised the issue of removing the Freedom of the City from the Myanmar leader, consensus was not reached among the groups on the City Council, though all have condemned the persecution of the Rohingya people, and the matter is not closed.However both she and Burma's military have denied accusations of "ethnic cleansing", with the army blaming the violence against civilians on rebels.Last month she called for national unity, saying efforts were being made to stem the humanitarian crisis in the makeshift refugee camps strung along the border with Bangladesh.He handed back his Freedom of the City of Dublin accolade in protest at the Burmese politician holding the same accolade.Speaking on RTE Radio One's Today with Sean O'Rourke this morning, Mr Geldof said he feels "duped".
I spoke to Owen [Dublin City Chief Executive Owen Keegan], I said was this okay.