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Swiss sociologist under fire for Venezuelan leader support

National News // By Tay Kinnear // Jan. 31, 2019

The Swiss sociologist Jean Ziegler is being criticized for supporting the Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.

Rudi Handl Swiss sociologist under fire for Venezuelan leader support

International pressure is growing on Maduro as thousands demonstrate in the streets and thousands more flee the country.

Ziegler is known for always supporting the left-wing Venuzalan government and has, in the past, also expressed support for Cuba and Chile in the 1970s.

In an interview with the Blick newspaper, Ziegler blames the US for the country’s problems – saying it's sanctions that have led to the food and medicine shortages. He then calls other countries, including Switzerland, which are backing a change of leadership in the country, ‘lackeys’.



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