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Venezuelan opponent Leopoldo López is already in Spain


He Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López came to Madrid this sunday after leave your country where he was refugee 18 months in the home of the Spanish ambassador, as reported by his father.

Yes, I can confirm that he is in Madrid, “Leopoldo López Gil, MEP for the Popular Party (PP, right), said with emotion in his voice.

López Gil declined to point out from what country the emblematic came opposition leader 49 years old.

The day before he had indicated that, after leaving the residence of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas, where he took refuge for 18 months, he left Venezuela “clandestinely” through the border with Colombia.

Journalists stationed all morning in the international arrivals area at the Madrid / Barajas airport could not see Leopoldo López, which suggests that he left through the authorities’ door to which there is no access.

In Madrid, López will meet with his father, his wife Lilian Tintori, and their three children, who reside in the Spanish capital, which is home to other Venezuelan opposition leaders who left Venezuela, such as former Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma.

López will later offer a press conference, but it would not be expected this Sunday, according to a source close to the family.

‘Fight from any space’

Venezuelans, this decision has not been easy, but rest assured that you have this server to fight from any space, “López himself wrote on Twitter on Saturday night.

López, a charismatic former mayor of the wealthy Caracas municipality of Chacao, was sentenced in 2015 to almost 14 years in prison, accused of inciting violence in protests against the government of President Nicolás Maduro that left 43 dead and some 3,000 injured between February and May. 2014.

In 2017, he received house arrest, after which he was released by his guards and participated in a failed uprising by a group of soldiers against Maduro on April 30, 2019, which was backed by parliamentary chief Juan Guaidó.

After the failure of the uprising, López took refuge in the house of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas, where he was as a guest.

Juan Guaidó affirmed that with the departure of his political mentor from the country, Maduro’s “repressive apparatus” was “mocked.”

Mature, you don’t control anything. By circumventing your repressive apparatus, we managed to get our Commissioner for the Center of Government, Leopoldo López, into international territory, “Guaidó, recognized as interim president by fifty countries, said on Twitter.

López’s exile comes just a few weeks before the parliamentary elections on December 6, promoted by Maduro’s allies but boycotted by some thirty parties when they denounced them as a “fraud” that does not offer guarantees of transparency.

In addition, it occurs after Maduro “pardoned” on September 1 a hundred opponents, several of them collaborators of Guaidó.

If right-wing extremists say they ‘will never leave’ and that they ‘always do well’ … prepare to see them flee out the back door, stumble and fall, “wrote Venezuelan Communications Minister Freddy Ñáñez, citing statements of Tintori in which he assured that López “would never leave Venezuela.”

He swore he would never leave and fled his Spanish hostel without firing a shot. Everybody calls him a coward, “Ñáñez ironized in another message.

Impact for Guaidó

Already hit by the fracture in the opposition, the departure of López “further weakens Guaidó internally, because it is a sign that Guaidó is leaving,” observes the political consultant of the University of Zulia, Jesús Castillo-Molleda.

Also “you can see how a negotiation with the government, because for Maduro it is better to have Leopoldo outside,” Castillo declared.

The United States, which ignores Maduro by calling him a “dictator” after being re-elected in May 2018 in elections considered “fraudulent”, is leading international pressure with a battery of sanctions that include an oil embargo in force since April 2019.

Under the management of the heir to the late former president Hugo Chávez (1999-2013), Venezuela fell into the worst crisis in its recent history, moving into its seventh consecutive year of recession and fourth of hyperinflation.

We are happy to see Leopoldo López free. The illegitimate regime has hundreds of prisoners because they do not agree with Maduro, they represent a threat because the people are with them, or they have the audacity to ask for the rights of the Constitution, “said the virtual embassy (located in Colombia) of the United States for Venezuela on his Twitter account.

According to the NGO Foro Penal, in Venezuela there are 363 “political prisoners”, including 127 soldiers.