Jeremy Corbyn was criticised last night for his silence over Venezuela’s ‘sham election’ that has plunged the South American country into violence.
Pro-democracy protesters in paramilitary-style gear clashed again with security forces yesterday.
Explosions rocked the streets during protests against a power grab by authoritarian far-Left president Nicolas Maduro.
But the Labour leader has remained quiet on Venezuela, which he had hailed as a socialist utopia that showed ‘a different and a better way of doing things’.
Mr Corbyn refused to comment on the hyperinflation, food shortages, corruption and state-sponsored brutality caused by Maduro continuing the Marxist policies of his predecessor Hugo Chavez.
Wall of flames: Protesters firebomb a convoy of police motorcyclists in Caracas, Venezuela
Last year he deleted a string of online articles he had written hailing the socialist government of Venezuela.
And despite posting on Twitter yesterday about NHS staffing, the centenary of the battle of Passchendaele and the England women’s football team, he had nothing to say on the clashes in Venezuelan capital Caracas. Tory MP Chris Philp said: ‘The country that refers to Jeremy Corbyn as a friend of socialism is in turmoil.
‘With accusations of a sham election and riots on the streets it is unacceptable that the man who has claimed Leftists in Latin America had much to teach us all remains deathly silent.
‘The British people deserve to know if the Labour leader still supports Maduro’s regime in Venezuela.’
Rioting continued yesterday after the election result, which will allow Maduro’s ruling party to carry out sweeping constitutional reforms that could give it virtually unlimited powers.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, dismissed the vote as a ‘sham election’ and a ‘step towards dictatorship’.
A string of nations – including Britain – have said they will not recognise the result.
There have been at least ten deaths, including two children, as violence marred Sunday’s vote.
Jeremy Corbyn has remained quiet on Venezuela, which he had hailed as a socialist utopia that showed ‘a different and a better way of doing things’
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described the election as ‘dubious’, adding: ‘Venezuela stands on the brink of disaster and Maduro must stop before it is too late. The country is turning on itself, and democracy and basic rights are in jeopardy.
‘It is time for the government to see sense and start working with the opposition on a way forward that brings the