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France's Libération: 'Aung San Suu Kyi: A Nobel And A Massacre'

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Libération, Sept. 19, 2017

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday broke her silence on the violence in her Buddhist-majority country that has forced hundreds of thousands of minority Muslim Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

French newspaper Libérationfeatured a picture of her with the headline "A Nobel and a massacre" splashed on its front page, in reference to the Nobel Peace Prize Suu Kyi was awarded in 1991 as an advocate for human rights, and her silence regarding the bloodshed in her country in recent weeks.

"After denying the extent of the violence toward the Rohingya, in spite of the evidence, the Burmese leader breaks her silence this morning," the paper noted.

Even as Suu Kyi spoke in Nyapyidaw about human rights violations in her country, she did not address UN accusations of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya, instead insisting that her country is not "afraid of international scrutiny."

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