Suu Kyi ‘angered because interviewer was Muslim’
Myanmar’s leading politician Aung San Suu Kyi was reportedly angered by the fact that a BBC presenter who grilled her during an interview back in 2013 was a Muslim.
For years, the politician has been widely promoted by Western media as a pro-democracy icon and a symbol of virtuousness but new revelations have left even her most ardent supporters shocked.
Suu Kyi reportedly lost her composure after being challenged by BBC presenter Mishal Husain on the massacres of Muslims in Myanmar.
“No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim,” Suu Kyi was heard saying off air after the tense interview conducted in October 2013 about violence against minority Rohingyas in Myanmar.
The revelation was made on Friday by Peter Popham, a journalist with The Independent newspaper and author of a newly published book titled “The Lady and The Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Struggle for Freedom.”
Popham said the information about the outburst was relayed to him by a “reliable” source.
During the interview, Suu Kyi refused to condemn the massacre of Rohingya Muslims, claiming that the violence was “not ethnic cleansing.”
“Muslims have been targeted but also Buddhists have been subject to violence. There’s fear on both sides,” she said instead.