Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lópezarrived this Sunday in Madrid and he is at his parents’ house in the capital of Spain, sources close to his family reported.
López left Venezuela last Friday, afterbandonar the residence of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas, where he remained as a guest since April 30, 2019, after participating in a failed military uprising, together with the president of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaidó, recognized leader of the country by some 50 countries, Spain among them.
López’s father, who resides in Madrid, said this Saturday that his son left the diplomatic residence of his own free will and would travel to Spain “soon”, where his wife, Lilian Tintori, and their three children also live.
He also explained that the opponent left his country for a “clandestine” route and along the border with Colombia.
“Venezuelans, this decision has not been easy, but rest assured that you have this server to give the fight from any space. We will not rest and we will continue working day and night to achieve the freedom that all Venezuelans deserve, “he himself assured through Twitter.
Venezuelans, this decision has not been easy, but rest assured that you have this server to fight from any space. We will not rest and we will continue working day and night to achieve the freedom that all Venezuelans deserve.
– Leopoldo López (@leopoldolopez) October 25, 2020
Guaidó has taken advantage of López’s departure from Venezuela to charge against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro: “Mature, you don’t control anything. By mocking your repressive apparatus, we managed to get our Commissioner for the Center of Government, Leopoldo López, to international territory. His contribution for Venezuela continues from this new space of action, “Guaidó posted on Twitter.
The fight that we give and we will give from and for Venezuela needs the maximum support of the world.
Internal pressure will be reinforced and strengthened by the work of those who represent us in different international spaces, displaying their maximum potential.
– Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) October 24, 2020
Sentenced to 14 years in prison
Leopoldo López was sentenced to almost 14 years in prison in 2015 for, according to the Venezuelan Justice, inciting violence in the 2014 opposition revolts against the Maduro government. After passing through the Ramo Verde military prison in Caracas, he was placed under house arrest.
The opposition leader was at the Spanish Embassy in Caracas since Apr 30, 2019, when he took refuge in diplomatic facilities after Operation Libertad, an attempted military coup against Maduro in which López was released from house arrest by his own captors.
López I couldn’t ask for asylum because Spanish law only allows it to do so in national territory, so it remains a “guest” and with a limitation of its political activity.
In June the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal pointed to López as ideologist and organizer of Operation Gideon, a coup attempt against the government of President Nicolás Maduro frustrated in early May. López has denied this relationship.