Footage shows UK soldiers shooting at image of Labour leader

 

April 03, 2019

 


Britain’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn poses for the media with the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future UK-EU relationship, in his office in the Houses of Parliament in London, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Opposition leader Corbyn says he is happy to sit down with Prime Minister Theresa May to work on a Brexit deal, even though “so far she hasn’t shown much sign of compromise.” The leader of the left-of-center Labour Party says “we recognize that she has made a move” and is willing to hold talks with May. (POOL PHOTO VIA AP / STEFAN ROUSSEAU)

 

By The Associated Press

 

LONDON – Britain’s military says it is investigating after soldiers were filmed apparently using a picture of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for target practice.

Footage posted on social media shows members of the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan shooting at an image of Corbyn, Britain’s main opposition leader.

Corbyn, a veteran socialist, has often been critical of British military campaigns overseas.

The British Army said Wednesday that the apparent behaviour “is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the Army expects. A full investigation has been launched.”

Labour defence spokeswoman Nia Griffith tweeted that the video was “shocking and completely unacceptable.” She said it was “right that the Army is carrying out a full investigation.”

Politicians have reported increased threats and fears for their safety amid heightened tensions over Brexit.

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