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Sun Dec 7, 2014, 09:31 AM

Venezuelan leader says racism in U.S. worse under Obama

Source: Reuters

Venezuelan leader says racism in U.S. worse under Obama

BY ANDREW CAWTHORNE
CARACAS Sat Dec 6, 2014 8:53pm EST

(Reuters) - Racism in the United States appears to have worsened during the administration of its first black leader, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday.

Maduro, who has come under fire from President Barack Obama's government in recent weeks for his treatment of domestic political foes, said he was appalled by recent cases of police killings of blacks in the United States.

"It's really dramatic," he told TV network Telesur, highlighting the death of Eric Garner, who was caught on video gasping for breath in a policeman's stranglehold, as particularly "brutal."

"It's as if racism has been exacerbated in the United States with the arrival of Obama himself," said Maduro, the socialist leader who succeeded Hugo Chavez last year.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/07/us-venezuela-usa-idUSKBN0JL01D20141207

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