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Actions of Geldof a hypocritical publicity stunt - Feely

Published: 14 November, 2017

Councillor John Feely has called the actions of Geldof a hypocritical publicity stunt.

Commenting on Bob Geldof handing back his 'Freedom of the City of Dublin' award because Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar, also holds the same award, Councillor Feely said,

"Geldof is protesting the fact that Aung San Suu Kyi has not spoken out against the ethnic cleansing of Myanmar's Rohingya population.

"If it was anyone else doing this I would agree with their stand and applaud them, but 'Sir' Bob Geldof is a whole other proposition.

"'Sir Bob' was awarded an Honorary KBE in 1986. He has held this honorary title at the same time as the following luminaries held similar honorary 'British Empire' titles without it causing him a second thought;

"King Fahd and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. These two men have ruled Saudi Arabia from 1982 until 2015. A country with an atrocious human rights record which Amnesty International regularly state as the worst in the world.

"Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. As leader of Zimbabwe he has ruthlessly suppressed any dissent in his country and was responsible for the "Gukurahundi" between 1983 and 1987 when an estimated 20,000 ethnic minority Ndebele were killed by state forces.

"Eduard Shevardnadze of Georgia. A Soviet era politician who became leader of Georgia in 1993 in a bloody coup d'état against the democratically elected government of Zviad Gamsakhurdia.

"Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania. The communist leader of Romania from the sixties until 1989. As other communist states in Europe peacefully transitioned to democracy in the late eighties and early nineties Ceausescu fought on against his people until overthrown and executed in December '89.

"These are just a few of the undemocratic leaders of countries who in Bob Geldof's words could be described as 'brute killers' and 'international pariahs'.

"Yet he was happy to accept his knighthood from Elizabeth Windsor and has never seen fit, in his words again, to 'dissociate' himself from any of these 'murderers'.

"The crimes that are being perpetrated against the Rohingya people should be recognised for what they are, ethnic cleansing, by the international community at large.

"The Rohingya people should not be used by the likes of Bob Geldof as a way of self-publicising himself and his fading fame. This blatant publicity stunt shows him up to be nothing more than a hypocrite."