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Peter Tatchell disrupts Jeremy Corbyn speech with misguided Syria protest

Peter Tatchell and friends disrupt Jeremy Corbyn’s speech marking the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – for no very good reason.

Who can disagree with the Twitter user who asked: “Why is #PeterTatchell protesting Corbyn at a #HumanRightsDay event? Why isn’t he protesting against May”?

The human rights campaigner disrupted a speech by Mr Corbyn at an event to mark the anniversary of the United Nations general assembly signing the universal declaration of human rights in 1948.

He demanded that Labour should call for humanitarian aid to be sent to Aleppo by air, and fellow protesters brandished posters calling for sanctions against Russia, for bombing the city.

“We do think there should be aid given to the 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.”

Mr Corbyn was, quite naturally, taken by surprise. He left the platform to seek advice, then returned to put the record straight.

He said: “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 the 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. We are absolutely supporting the people.”

In other words, Mr Tatchell was absolutely wrong to be protesting against the Labour leader on this matter.

Why hasn’t he launched highly visible public protests against Theresa May, whose government voted for the Royal Air Force to launch air strikes on Syrian targets last year?

Possibly the worst aspect of this is that it has allowed unscrupulous individuals in the mass media – and social media – to take Mr Corbyn’s words out of context.

At one point, off-stage, he can be heard asking, “When did we condemn the bombing?”

Taken out of context, that could be used to suggest he was saying Labour had not done so. In fact, he was simply asking for clarity on when it happened.

This was a shameful, turncoat display by Mr Tatchell, who should have known better. What induced him to do it?

Protesters led by Peter Tatchell have disrupted a speech by Jeremy Corbyn, calling on the Labour leader to demand action to end the conflict in Syria.

Corbyn halted his speech while several protesters held up banners with slogans including “Step up and demand action in Syria” and “End the suffering in Aleppo”.

Tatchell, a human rights campaigner who has previously supported the Labour party, shouted over the party leader to demand he do more to condemn the actions of Russia in the Syrian conflict.

As the protesters stood silently in front of Corbyn, the Labour leader said: “It’s all right, it’s OK.”

Source: Peter Tatchell disrupts Jeremy Corbyn speech with Syria protest | UK news | The Guardian

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Russia resumes Aleppo air-strikes – and nobody seems to be protesting any more

Few civilians took up the offer to leave rebel-held Aleppo during the pause in air strikes [Image: Reuters].

Few civilians took up the offer to leave rebel-held Aleppo during the pause in air strikes [Image: Reuters].

It’s interesting to note how subdued the BBC’s coverage of this new assault on Aleppo has become.

One supposes it must be quite hard to paint the Russians as architects of atrocity when they’ve just given non-combatants three weeks to get out of the firing line.

Apparently very few civilians took up the offer. One wonders whether this is because they were prevented from doing so, by the rebel forces/terrorists/whatever-you-want-to-call-them remaining in the city.

If so, you can draw your own conclusions about them.

And, of course, the United States have a new President-elect who has adopted a much more conciliatory tone towards Russia and its joint military operations with the Syrian government.

Suddenly those who were agitating for conflict are on the wrong side of the argument.

Interesting, isn’t it, how media attitudes change according to who has the power?

Warplanes have bombed besieged rebel-held eastern districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo for the first time in three weeks, a monitoring group says.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Haidariya, Masakin Hanano and Sheikh Faris areas were hit.

The Syrian government’s ally, Russia, halted air strikes in mid-October to allow civilians and rebels to leave.

Activists fear the resumption signals that the government’s assault on the east will now be stepped up.

Earlier, a hospital in a rebel-held village west of Aleppo was reportedly bombed, the third medical facility to have been hit in the past 24 hours.

The Syrian Observatory said at least one person was killed in Awaijel.

Source: Syria conflict: Air strikes resume on rebel-held Aleppo – BBC News

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Iain Duncan Smith wants to attack Russia because he is a bloody fool

Iain Duncan Smith should shut up about Aleppo: The closest he ever came to being bombed was when a bird left a message on his head.

Iain Duncan Smith should shut up about Aleppo; the closest he ever came to being bombed was when a bird left a message on his head.

It seems, having failed to commit genocide on UK citizens, Iain Duncan Smith is now determined to encourage it abroad.

He thinks it would be a jolly wheeze to sell arms to the people of Aleppo, so they can shoot down the Russian warplanes we’re told are pummeling the city into ash.

In an article on ConservativeHome, he says he argued for the arming of Bosnian Muslims in the 1990s, when they were being persecuted by Bosnian Serbs, because the argument of the then-government of the UK (Conservative) – that it would create a level killing field – was not better than allowing a one-sided massacre.

I know a thing or three about Bosnia. I was there, briefly, in the aftermath of the war. The fact that they won their country back, despite having had no weapons at all at the start, is a matter of extreme pride to them. Despite the death toll, my belief is that any intervention from the UK would only have got in the way.

So we come to Syria, and the facts are the same. Aleppo isn’t just a city full of innocent people being bombed by nasty Russians for no good reason. It harbours groups of terrorists (see previous VP articles). Does Mr Duncan Smith want to fund terror now?

Suppose his plan was successful and a UK-manufactured weapon was used to shoot down a Russian plane. Does he think Vladimir Putin will ignore the fact that the ordnance was supplied by the British? If so, he does not know the Russian leader.

It is far more likely he would both escalate Russian efforts in Syria and seek restitution from the UK.

Who knows what form that might take?

Iain Duncan Smith is a bloody idiot.

There was blood on his hands at the DWP and now he is trying to get them dirty on the international stage.

He deserves poetic justice – the swift and final kind.

On the news, hardly a day goes by but that the bombing of Aleppo features with more and more stories about the suffering of the Syrian civilians trapped in the city.

Despite all the public condemnation and International initiatives, despite the endless attempts by John Kerry to broker new ceasefires, the bombing goes on relentlessly. Russia is immune to all the rhetoric and refuses to explain or respond to the West’s verbal assaults, whether they are in the UN or on the media.

The only way that the bombing might stop is if the Russians and Syrians start losing some aircraft. Remember what happened when Turkey shot down a Russian jet after it crossed into Turkish airspace, (not the first to have done so) – all incursions stopped.

Providing the weaponry to give the people of Aleppo some defence could alter the balance and provide the impetus to get back to the peace table, though I accept it may yet be too late.

Source: Iain Duncan Smith: Aleppo’s suffering will only stop when someone shoots down a Russian plane | Conservative Home

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