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U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Refuses to Condemn Venezuelan President

Critics are blasting Corbyn for criticizing violence “on both sides,” as state security erodes constitutional norms in the South American country.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the U.K.’s Labour Party, condemned Venezuelan violence “on both sides” as state security services and the Maduro regime target opposition forces and erode constitutional norms in the South American country, according to The Independent.

At a Labour Party event in West Sussex, Corbyn refused to condemn Venezuelan President (and aspiring dictator) Nicolas Maduro, even offering some praise for the regime:

Jeremy Corbyn has condemned all violence “on both sides” in Venezuela, but stopped short of condemning embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The Labour leader called for “dialogue and a process” to improve the situation in the South American country which has descended into chaos in recent weeks.

He said it was important to recognise the “effective and serious attempts” to reduce poverty, improve literacy and the lives of the poorest in the state.

Corbyn’s praise for efforts to reduce poverty and improve the lives of the poor ring hollow when the country is currently experiencing inflation of 2,500 percent. Venezuela’s currency is now worth less than the fictional gold of the popular online video game “World of Warcraft.”

Even as Maduro supporters attack opposition lawmakers and Maduro jails his political opponents, Corbyn opted to condemn “violence that’s done by any side, by all sides.”

After a surprise showing in June’s snap election in the United Kingdom, Corbyn has come under fire as Venenzuela has descended into chaos and Corbyn’s past praise for Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chavez, has come to light: