Aberdeen ,
10
September
2018
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17:40
Europe/Amsterdam

Plaque dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi to be removed

A plaque which was erected to honour Aung San Suu Kyi is set to be removed following agreement by Aberdeen City Council today (Monday 10 September).

The motion was put forward by the Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett at the request of former members of the Aberdeen Amnesty International Group.

The Lord Provost’s motion was:

“That this Council, at the request of former members of the Aberdeen Amnesty International Group, agrees to remove the plaque honouring Aung San Suu Kyi erected in Hazlehead Park, in view of her continuing failure as leader of Myanmar to act in the face of international pressure following the ongoing violence against the Rohinga Muslims and the resultant humanitarian crisis.”

The Council also agreed to instruct officers to investigate and report on the cost of putting a new plaque in place of the removed plaque dedicating the tree to the people in Myanmar who are struggling for human rights, freedom and democracy.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said: “With accusations that Aung San Suu Kyi has ignored violence against Rohinga Muslims in Myanmar it is only right that the plaque is removed. This city and its citizens have a proud tradition of being inclusive and will not accept the persecution of others.”