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London: She might be Nobel Peace Prize winner but in an interview, Aung San Suu Kyi exhibited a side of herself that is at odds with her iconic image. According to the Daily Mail, in 2013, she lost her cool at BBC Today presenter Mishal Husain, who gave her a rough ride, and reportedly muttered off-air: “No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim.”
According to a new book, The Lady And The Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi And Burma’s Struggle For Freedom, by Peter Popham, when she was asked to condemn the anti-Islamic sentiment and massacres of Muslims in Myanmar, she declined to do so. Instead she said: “I think there are many, many Buddhists who have also left the country for various reasons. This is a result of our sufferings under a dictatorial regime.”
Muslims make up 4% of the Myanmar and the Rohingya Muslims often bear the brunt of the violence. The Rohingya are forbidden from becoming citizens and have no political say.
Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy party to a historic win in the November 8 elections, and will replace a nominally civilian, military-backed government that has been in power since 2011. Before that, Myanmar was ruled by the military since 1962. During that time, the junta kept Suu Kyi under house arrest for several years, and jailed hundreds of her supporters and other critics. While the government has released more than 1,100 detainees over the years, some remain in jails.
Amnesty International says it knows of almost 100 political prisoners still behind bars, while hundreds of other activists are in detention or waiting for their trials to end.
The outgoing government and Suu Kyi’s party have not yet commented on the report.