Corbyn ‘sad’ at lost lives in Venezuela violence

Britain's Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn

Britain’s Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn


British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has censured the “violence done by all sides” in Venezuela, expressing sorrow over the death of dozens of people in the wake of political and economic unrest in the Latin American country.


“I’m very sad at the lives that have been lost in Venezuela,” Corbyn said in Crawley, West Sussex, where he was attending a meeting of his party members on Monday.

“The people who have died – either those on the streets or security forces that have been attacked by people on the street – all of those lives are terrible for the loss of them,” he added.

“There has to be a dialogue and a process that respects the independence of the judiciary and respects the human rights of all,” the Labor leader noted.

“What I condemn is the violence that’s been done by any side, by all sides, in all this,” Corbyn said, stopping short of pointing the finger of blame at Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro or the opposition for the months-long chaos in the South American country.

“Violence is not going to solve the issue. The issues in Venezuela are partly structural because not enough has been done to diversify the economy away from oil – that has to be a priority for the future,” the liberal politician said, adding that, “effective and serious attempts at reducing poverty in Venezuela” should be recognized.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman also on Monday called for urgent action to be taken in Venezuela to stop the situation getting worse.

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