Aung San Suu Kyi defends her handling of Myanmar violence

Aung San Suu Kyi defends her handling of Myanmar violence

De facto leader says country is facing its biggest challenge as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee

Aung San Suu Kyi has defended her handling of renewed violence in western Myanmar, where a crackdown has displaced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.

In her first spoken remarks since the crisis started in Rakhine state last month, the de facto Myanmar leader said her government, the first to be civilian-led in decades, was facing its “biggest challenge”.

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The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as “the world’s most persecuted minority”. 

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