Leopoldo López is no longer in the Spanish embassy in Venezuela. The opposition leader of Nicolás Maduro has left the residence of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas, where he had been a guest since April of last year. The leader of Popular Will, served as presidential commissioner for the Government in charge of Juan Guaidó.
López has left Venezuela by the border with Colombia, because now he would go to Bogotá. The opposition leader, who was also under house arrest, participated before going to the embassy in a military uprising in favor of Guaidó, which was not effective.
So far the fate of López, leader of the Popular Will party (VP), in which parliamentarian Juan Guaidó also spent his entire career, is unknown until he left the party last January with the aim of representing all opponents and not just one organization.
López was arrested in 2014 and sentenced to 14 years in prison, accused of leading violent acts in anti-government marches that took place that year. The opponent served his sentence for almost three years in a military prison and was subsequently transferred to house arrest until his release in April 2019.
That day he joined the military uprising attempt led by Guaidó, recognized as interim president of Venezuela for about 50 countries, when he went with some thirty soldiers to a military base in Caracas.
After that, he explained in an interview with Efe, the only one granted during his time at the ambassador’s residence, in which he recognized that a military intervention in Venezuela It is an option that is still present among the opposition to the Government of Nicolás Maduro, because it is a legal alternative contemplated by the Constitution.
The last public message was launched by López last Thursday, when he congratulated the Belarusian opposition for winning the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Conscience, an award that the opposition to Maduro also received in 2017.