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Mayor wonders why Geldof accepted knighthood given shameful record of British imperialism

The Lord Mayor of Dublin has said Bob Geldof’s decision to hand back his Freedom of Dublin award is ‘ironic”

Bob Geldof says he is handing back his Freedom of the City of Dublin because he does not want to be associated with it while it is also held by Aung San Suu Kyi.

Geldof blasted the Burmese Nobel peace winner over her country’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.

The Boomtown Rats singer said he would be a “hypocrite” to share honours with “one who has become at best an accomplice to murder and a handmaiden to genocide”.

The politician has drawn criticism for her treatment of the minority, with the UN describing it as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

Now Lord Mayor of Dublin Micheál Mac Donncha has said Mr Geldof ‘is entitled to return his award if he wishes to do so.’

Mr Mac Donncha also said he finds it:

“Ironic that he makes this gesture while proudly retaining his title as Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, given the shameful record of British imperialism across the globe.

 

“Mr Geldof last year grossly insulted the men and women of the 1916 Rising in the centenary year when he compared them to so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS), causing offence to Dubliners and Irish people generally.”

82 people, including Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, and the Obamas, have been awarded the honour since its launch in 1876. The prize is reserved for those who have made a contribution to the city or Ireland.

Geldof’s latest criticism followed comments he made at the One World Summit in Colombia last month in which he labelled the Myanmar leader as “one of the great ethnic cleansers of our planet”.

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