..The video, which the Ministry of Defence is treating as legitimate, was filmed on Snapchat before being shared across social media.
The British Army has launched an investigation after an "unacceptable" video circulated appearing to show soldiers using an image of Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn for target practice.The video, which the Ministry of Defence is treating as legitimate, was filmed on Snapchat before being shared across social media.The reality is that at the moment nearly all the violence and intimidation has come from right wing supporters of Brexit .
It shows soldiers firing shots, believed to be non-lethal paint simulation rounds, into an image of the Labour leader, leaving several holes in the poster.A caption on the video reads "happy with that".It is not known when the video was filmed but it is believed to have been taken in a loft range of a British Government building in Kabul, Afghanistan.A spokesperson for the British Army said the behaviour was "unacceptable" and an inquiry had been launched."We are aware of a video circulating on social media," the spokesperson said in a statement to ABC News."This behaviour is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the Army expects, a full investigation has been launched.A Labour Party spokesperson said the incident was "alarming and unacceptable"."We have confidence in the MoD to investigate and act on this incident," the spokesperson said in a statement.Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, who served as a lieutenant colonel in the Army during tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, labelled the video as "disgraceful"."This is disgraceful and falls far below the standards expected of British Army soldiers," he tweeted.The leaking of the video comes at a time where the safety of British MPs is in the spotlight due to rising tensions over Brexit.
There was one incident of Jacob Ress Mogg , being intimidated by members of Class War when with his family which was disgraceful.
There may be warnings of a violent reaction by some far right Brexit supporters if Brexit was cancelled but there wil be equally a triumphalist reaction, from exactly the same people similar to what we saw in George Square in Glasgow after the rejection of the Scottish Independence referendum with "Chants of 'Ten German Bombers', 'Rule Britannia' and 'God Save The Queen' (the latter with what many would interpret as a Nazi-style salute) rang out.
The Corbyn Target video and the failure of the police to take action against the violent intimidation of Remain supporters leads to me to wonder if we can depend on a neutrality from those who are supposed to defend all of us.