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U2 says Aung San Suu Kyi must break silence on Rohingya

November 11, 2017

LONDON (AP) — Irish rockers U2 say Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi must speak out against violence that is driving the exodus of the Rohingya minority.

More than 600,000 members of the Muslim minority have fled to Bangladesh since August, when Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar police and paramilitary posts, and security forces responded with a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages.

In a statement Saturday, the band said that “for these atrocities against the Rohingya people to be happening on her watch blows our minds and breaks our hearts.”

It said Suu Kyi’s silence “is starting to look a lot like assent.”

U2 also aimed criticism at the leader of Myanmar’s military, Min Aung Hlaing.

The band campaigned for Suu Kyi’s release when she was detained for years by Myanmar’s military rulers.

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