Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refuses to condemn Venezuelan President's actions

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UK Labour party senior members and its leader Jeremy Corbyn should show disapproval of the government of Venezuela as their "fascination" with the country is a source of concern, Liberal Democrats' party leader Vince Cable said Monday in a statement.

"But we also have to recognise that there have been effective and serious attempts at reducing poverty in Venezuela, improving literacy and improving the lives of numerous poorest people".

Until yesterday Mr Corbyn, who has been on holiday in Croatia, had stayed silent on the issue as Venezuelan forces cracked down on protests after changes to the constitution gave Mr Maduro's ruling socialist... Violence is not going to solve the issue.

After finally breaking his silence on the matter, Mr. Corbyn would only speak of "violence on both sides" when asked about the situation, appearing to equate the actions of protestors with the government - who are accused of destroying the economy, fixing an election, and persecuting and attacking opponents.

Corbyn has been under pressure at home to speak out about the situation in the South American nation amid global criticism of Maduro who once described the British politician as "a great friend of Venezuela". He said the Labour leader's statement "doesn't do that".

He added that under Chavez and Maduro "serious attempts at reducing poverty, improving literacy and improving the lives of numerous poorest people" had been made.

But no. She was so desperate to wade into the debate and attack the Labour Party left that she fell for a ridiculously obvious bit of Tory concern trolling.

"There has to be a dialogue and a process that respects the independence of the judiciary and respects the human rights of all".

Allan Hogarth of Amnesty International said: 'Mr Maduro must bring an immediate end to state-sponsored violence and human rights abuses making so many people's lives a misery in Venezuela.

He also backed a number of parliamentary motions linked to the country, including one which congratulated Mr Maduro on his election as president and called for closer ties with Venezuela.

Defending his praise for the regime he added:"I gave the support of many people around the world for the principle of a government dedicated to reducing inequality and improving the life chances of the poorest people".

Earlier today, Theresa May's spokesman said "urgent action" should be taken to "stop the situation getting worse" in Venezuela.

Global observers have decried the violent clampdown that has seen more than 100 people die in bloody clashes since Maduro won sweeping powers a rigged election last week.

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