By JORDAN KENDALL
LABOUR is in turmoil over Jeremy Corbyn’s past support of the Venezuelan government.
Jeremy Corbyn has been a long time supporter of the socialist country and has openly voiced his support for the country’s former socialist leader, Hugo Chavez.
In 2013, Jeremy Corbyn said of Chavez:
“He was an inspiration to all of us fighting back against Austerity and neoliberal economics in Europe”
Hugo Chavez’s successor, Nicolás Maduro has become increasingly authoritarian in his rule of the socialist country after two opposition party leaders were detained from their homes.
The Venezualian socialist economy that Jeremy Corbyn supports is imploding, there are shortages of food, medicine and the IMF predicts that unemployment will hit 25% by the end of the year.
Five months of demonstrations and rioting have also broken out in the country, sparking fears it could turn into an all out civil war.
Jeremy Corbyn has been an open supporter of Maduro, and the Venezuelan president has called the Labour leader ‘A friend of Venezuela’.
The European Union has condemned Maduro’s authoritarian rule and the United States has issued sanctions against the failing socialist state.
Chris Williamson, Labour’s shadow Home Office minister has criticised the sanctions imposed by the United States.
There is a clear rift in the Shadow Cabinet after shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry said Venezuela’s government has a duty to address concerns over Nicolas Maduro’s increasingly authoritarian rule.
The Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn has remained silent on the crisis engulfing the South American state.