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LABOUR in power will oppose “Trump’s reactionary agenda” in Latin America, the party’s new shadow international development secretary vowed at the weekend.
Speaking at the Latin America — Adelante conference in London on Saturday, Dan Carden told delegates to “be sure” that the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn would “support self-determination and social progress” in the region.
He warned that US President Donald Trump may attempt to intervene against socialist governments.
Mr Carden said: “Trump has no right to promote regime change, whether that be in Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela or anywhere else.
“This shouldn’t be controversial — it is a statement of international law.
“When the effects of neoliberalism across the world sees global inequality growing, and with half the world’s wealth now in the hands of just 1 per cent of the population, we have to ask — are we really happy to live in a world like this?
“If not, we must learn from the policies and approaches that have helped tackle poverty and inequality, and stand up for countries that put people first — including those in Latin America.”
Mr Carden praised the “life-changing” social reforms enacted by the government of Lula da Silva in Brazil, and described his imprisonment as a “travesty of democracy and justice.”
He championed the government of Evo Morales for its successes in reducing extreme poverty and inequality by increased social spending.
And he also criticised the “hypocrisy” of the Tories for allowing the sales of telecoms interception equipment to the “illegitimate, repressive regime” in Honduras.
Mr Carden replaces Kate Osamor, who stood down from the front-bench role on Saturday after a row over the employment of her son who had been found guilty of drugs offences.
Praising Ms Osamor’s work in the role, Global Justice Now director Nick Dearden said: “Kate’s impact on development has been significant and positive and we hope this legacy will live on in the work of her successor.”
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