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Suu Kyi receives award on visit to Britain despite protest

where defacto president of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi was receiving an award.
Protesters outside of Guildhall in London where defacto president of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi was receiving an award.

LONDON: Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the honorary freedom of the City of London on May 9, as a small group of demonstrators protested outside about the treatment of minority Rohingya Muslims.
On May 8, around 40 demonstrators protested outside the Guildhall, with signs reading “Free All Political Prisoners in Burma” and “Please Stop Military Burning of Rohingya Villages”
They chanted “Suu Kyi is lying; Rohingyas are dying” and said that people who had once supported her now opposed her.
“We believed that she would be a champion of human rights, but she has been complicit with … the junta murdering innocent Rohingyas,” one speaker said.
Suu Kyi rejected a decision by the UN’s rights council to investigate allegations of crimes by Myanmar’s security forces against Rohingyas.
Myanmar’s de facto leader received the award at the Guildhall, after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and heir to the throne Prince Charles on May 5.
The award was in recognition of her “non-violent struggle over many years for democracy and her steadfast dedication to create a society where people can live in peace, security and freedom”, the City of London said.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi is on a tour around Europe that has already taken her to Belgium, Italy and the Vatican City.
Earlier on her Europe trip, she met Belgium’s King Philippe and Prime Minister Charles Michel.
She also met European Council president Donald Tusk and European Commission foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini while in Brussels, then met Pope Francis and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni while in Rome.
Myanmar is scheduled to hold peace talks this month aimed at ending decades-long ethnic wars that have intensified since Suu Kyi’s party took power a year ago. This report comes via AFP/ec.
Press TV reports: “Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told reporters in Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, late on May 10 that he had asked the government of Aung San Suu Kyi to give relief workers access to people suffering under dire conditions in parts of Myanmar.
Maurer recently visited the northwestern state of Rakhine, where he toured camps set up almost five years ago to house those Rohingya Muslims displaced by Buddhist extremists. However, he was not allowed to visit the north of the state, where a security operation sent an estimated 75,000 Rohingya people fleeing to Bangladesh.
The Red Cross president said he was “unsatisfied” by the restriction imposed by Myanmar’s officials. He said he believed granting more access would be in the interest of both the government and the armed forces of Myanmar.
AFP, PressTV.com