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Footage shows U.K. soldiers shooting at image of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

03 Apr 2019 Japan Times

LONDON - Britain’s military said Wednesday it had launched an investigation after soldiers were filmed apparently using a picture of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for target practice.

Footage posted on social media showed 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 the apparent behavior “is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the army expects. A full investigation has been launched.”

Labour defense 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.”

Conservative lawmaker Tom Tugendhat, a former soldier, said the video was “disgraceful.”

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

Last month, a man angry about Brexit was sentenced to 28 days in prison for hitting Corbyn with an egg.

Original Link: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/04/03/world/footage-shows-u-k-soldiers-shooting-image-labour-leader-jeremy-corbyn/

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