Published On: Tue, Aug 8th, 2017

'Ask the parents!' Venezuela activist hits out at Corbyn's support for 'COMMUNIST' Maduro


Avowed socialist Corbyn has previously heaped praise on the Maduro government, once calling the president after his election win to “congratulate” both him and “the whole of the Venezuelan people”.

Speaking on Newsnight, founder of the left leaning Popular Will party Juan Andres Mejia cast doubt on Mr Corbyn’s understanding of the conflict – and told him to ask “the mothers and fathers of those who have been killed” what is really going on in the country.

Mr Mejia said: “What I would say to Jeremy Corbyn is that he really has to know what’s going on in our country to make a statement.

“Violence has not been done by both sides. Violence has been promoted by the government.

“They have armed paramilitary groups that have taken the lives of hundreds of people in Venezuela.

“And maybe the mothers and fathers of those who have been killed would be willing to speak to Jeremy Corbyn to explain and to tell him what the real situation has been.”

Mr Corbyn finally spoke out about the riots, which has lead to the deaths of more than 120 people including scores of protestors, yet the Labour leader sat on the fence by condemning violence “by all sides”.

His comments came after weeks of silence on the political turmoil engulfing the country, while Boris Johnson condemned Mr Maduro for acting like a “dictator”.

The Newsnight guest and impassioned progressive activist named some of the protestors killed by the government which Mr Corbyn has previously thrown his support behind – including teenagers Neomar Lander and Fabian Urbina.

He added: “I’m pretty sure the family of these people who have been killed are willing to let Jeremy Corbyn know what the real situation has been and how they have been killed during the past four months.

The left leaning political leader also claimed the government of Mr Maduro had imposed a gruelling communist state – not the socialism endorsed by Mr Corbyn.

Mr Mejia said: “When we say socialism in Venezuela what we are meaning is more communism than anything else.

“In Venezuela, this is not a socialist experiment to be fair. It is more of a leftist autocratic experiment.

“There is no freedom of expression in Venezuela, there is no freedom of speech.

“You have hundreds of political prisoners in our country so this is not a very socialist experiment.

“This is a country where those in power have tremendous benefits… they have become an elite themselves while the rest of the country is suffering.”

It comes as social media users shared a tweet from Mr Corbyn earlier this year when he criticised Theresa May’s special relationship with US president Donald Trump by posting the Desmond Tutu quote.

The Labour leader tweeted: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”


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