Molotov cocktail thrown at Aung San Suu Kyi’s lakeside home

Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi

A petrol bomb was thrown at Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s lakeside home on Thursday. Damage to the property was minor and no one was hurt as Suu Kyi was away in capital Naypyidaw at the time of attack.

The Facebook page run by the Yangon Police has put up photograph of a man believed to be involved in the attack. The man is said to be in his 40s and the images show him dressed in a pink short-sleeved shirt.

Suu Kyi’s lakeside home is a popular landmark as it was here she spent about 15 years during her house arrest.

The Nobel Peace laureate has been receiving backlash from the international community for failing to take a stand against the abuses aimed at the Muslim Rohingya minority.

Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled the nation to Bangladesh following a military crackdown  in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar. Myanmar’s military says they are fighting militants, but a number of civilians have been displaced in what the United Nations described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

In January, former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson’s resigned from the international advisory panel on the massive Rohingya refugee crisis saying he did not agree with Suu Kyi’s approach.

According to Richardson, Suu Kyi has been blaming others for the Rohingya crisis instead of honestly looking at the factors that forced nearly 700,000 Rohingyas to flee to refugee camps in Bangladesh.

“She believes there’s a concerted international effort against Myanmar, and I believe she is wrong,” Richardson said Wednesday, according to LA Times.

“She blames all the problems that Myanmar is having on the international media, on the U.N., on human rights groups, on other governments, and I think this is caused by the bubble that is around her, by individuals that are not giving her frank advice.”

Calling the advisory board a whitewash and a cheerleading operation for the Myanmar government, Richardson said there were serious issues of human rights violations that needed to be addresses. But, he felt his advice wouldn’t be appreciated, and that was one of the reasons he quit.