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Corbyn heckled at Stop the War coalition event

Published 08/10/2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a conference organised by the Stop the War coalition at Congress House, central London
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a conference organised by the Stop the War coalition at Congress House, central London

Jeremy Corbyn has been heckled by protesters while attending a conference of peace activists.

The Labour leader was yelled at as he arrived at Stop the War coalition's conference at the TUC's Congress House, in central London, where he was due to give a speech.

A handful of campaigners launched a tirade as the famously anti-war politician took his seat alongside a panel on stage.

The group claimed they were angry at Mr Corbyn's failure to call for regime change in Syria.

Two women at the back initially started the volley of accusations, saying: "Jeremy Corbyn, where were you?" and "Your silence is complicit".

Another man, Oz Katerji, 29, was standing closer to the stage and was escorted out of the building after shouting in the direction of the Labour leader.

Their protests were soon drowned out by a chant of "no more war" from the hundreds of campaigners in attendance at the conference, who are thought to be among Mr Corbyn's core supporters.

When the Labour leader, who has been embroiled in fresh disputes within his party following a shadow cabinet reshuffle, eventually started his speech, he was again interrupted by one man, who called out: "What about Aleppo?"

Mr Corbyn called for a "political solution" to the long-running conflict in Syria during his address to the room.

Speaking outside, Mr Katerji said he had acted because Mr Corbyn had "deliberately marginalised Syrian voices".

He added: "Jeremy Corbyn himself will never say the words 'Assad must go', he will never say there needs to be a transition in Syria out of the Syrian government's power - that is why we're protesting."

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