WATCH: Jeremy Corbyn human rights speech disrupted by Syria protesters

Posted On: 
10th December 2016

Jeremy Corbyn was forced off stage during a speech today after protesters accused him of not speaking out in favour of aid drops to civilians trapped in Aleppo.

Shami Chakrabarti (left) looks on as Jeremy Corbyn's speech is disrupted
Credit: 
Steven Eason

Prominent campaigner Peter Tatchell - a former Labour party candidate and ally of the Labour leader - led the protest at the event in central London.

He was one of several people who stood in front of Mr Corbyn holding placards demanding Labour supports aid drops in the besieged city, Syria's suspension from the UN and for Russia to be investigated for war crimes.

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Mr Corbyn told him: "Peter, we're trying to make a speech here, then we're going to do the questions."

Mr Tatchell said: "Whats happening in Aleppo is a modern-day Guernica. We haven't heard the leader of the Labour party speak out enough to demand UK air drops."

The Labour leader - who was delivering a speech to mark International Human Rights Day - eventually leaves the stage after being advised to by Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti.

He returned a few moments later and said: "Thank you for raising the issue. Just to be absolutely clear in response to the points that Peter made, Emily Thornberry on our behalf during Foreign Office questions and on many other occasions has made it absolutely clear that we do think there should be aid given to people in Aleppo, we do think the bombing should end, we do think there should be a ceasefire, we do think there should be a political solution, we do think the war should end in Syria."

 

 

In a statement later, Mr Tatchell said: "We call on the Labour Party to live up to its progressive rhetoric and actively push for aid drops."