Leopoldo Lopez Leaves Spanish Embassy in Caracas, Goes to Madrid

  • "I can confirm he left the embassy of his own free will and left Venezuela in secret," said his father.
  • Later, the younger Lopez himself confirmed his departure. "Venezuelans, this decision has not been easy, but be assured that you can count on this servant to fight from any space," he tweeted.
  • Spanish diplomatic sources confirmed to the media about the departure of Lopez from it's embassy in Caracas.

The Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez yesterday left the residence of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas, where he had been a guest since April 30, 2019, when he led a civic-military uprising with Juan Guaido that sought to overthrow Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro.

Leopoldo López, a Harvard-educated former mayor, was arrested in 2014 and charged with inciting violent protests.

His departure comes more than a year after seeking refuge there as confirmed by his father to the Agence France-Presse (AFP).

“I can confirm he left the embassy of his own free will and left Venezuela in secret,” said his father, who is also called Leopoldo Lopez and lives in Spain.

Later, the younger Lopez himself confirmed his departure. “Venezuelans, this decision has not been easy, but be assured that you can count on this servant to fight from any space,” he tweeted. 

It however remains unclear how Lopez managed to successfully leave the ambassador’s residence, given the heavy state security presence that is permanently stationed outside the property.

According to sources close to the interim government of Juan Guaido, the real objective of Lopez’s departure from the country is to undertake an international tour of several countries to raise his voice against the parliamentary elections. 

The elections were called by the Maduro regime for next December 6. The Venezuelan opposition has repeatedly described as “fraudulent”.   They have been rejected by the EU, the Lima Group and the US for not complying with “the minimum democratic guarantees.”

Voluntary departure

Spanish diplomatic sources confirmed to the media about the departure of Lopez from it’s embassy in Caracas but assured that his departure is the result of a voluntary and personal decision insisting that it has nothing to do with the replacement of the Ambassador.

Thanks to a pardon by decree of the interim government of Juan Guaido, Spain housed Lopez, with some restrictions such as appearance before the media and political activity.

However, the politician served as presidential commissioner, a position equivalent to that of prime minister. For more than a year, the surroundings of Silva’s residence were guarded by officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin), after the arrest warrant issued by the Chavista government in May last year.

Juan Guaidó and Leopoldo López at a demonstration.

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The Voluntad Popular party, which Leopoldo Lopez founded in 2009, issued a statement confirming the departure of its leader in what it described as him being headed to “international territory to promote new actions in the fight for the freedom of Venezuela.”

The letter, published this Saturday afternoon, explains that the decision made by the politically persecuted was “considering the best” for the South American country. 

The departure of Leopoldo López from Venezuela overshadowed the arrival of Evo Morales to the South American country.

Morales left Argentina on Friday where he had resided for a year, and now it seems that he will meet again with the Chavista leadership at a time when the candidate of his party (MAS), Luis Arce, achieved victory in the Bolivian presidential elections.

Leopoldo Lopez Mendoza, 49, was sentenced to almost 14 years in prison after leading the protests against Maduro in 2014 in Caracas that spread throughout the national territory, and which resulted in 43 deaths.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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