Clare Daly on Navalny, and Hypocrisy of the EU

Irish Parliamentarian Clare Daly during her speech - Photo: video still

Hand-wringing over Alexey Navalny is but an excuse to target Russia and the EU should not lecture anyone about human rights when it turns its back on Julian Assange and other cases closer to home, Irish MEP Clare Daly told RT.

“We have this narrative of supposedly European values, whatever they are, that we’re supposed to bring them to the rest of the world and that Russia isn’t playing ball with that, which is obviously nonsense,” Daly told RT on Wednesday.

Daly made waves on the floor of the European Parliament on Tuesday, when she condemned the “relentless Russophobia” of her colleagues and said that they wouldn’t even be discussing the Russian political activist if “he had been arrested anywhere else other than in Russia.”

Echoing her remarks on the EP floor, Daly pointed out that the EU is preventing any mention of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, “effectively incarcerated for 10 years for journalism, for exposing US war crimes,” in their human rights reports. She also brought up Catalan rapper Pablo Hasél, who is being sent to prison in Spain over his song lyrics.

“And yet the EU is going around telling the rest of the world that they’re great defenders of democracy. This has nothing to do with democracy,” Daly said.

Daly’s condemnation of MEP hypocrisy came as her colleagues brigaded the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell for his recent visit to Moscow, successfully bullying him into endorsing new sanctions against Russia.

Only a couple MEPs were tentatively supportive of her points and the body was dominated by those with anti-Russian views, Daly told RT. “I find the EP is not hugely representative of the citizens of Europe on a whole number of issues.”

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