Leopoldo López: “Do not let the Venezuelan dictatorship be an example.”
Posted On 17 Mar 2017
Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, Lilian Tintori’s husband, sent a message to Ecuadorians from the Ramo Verde military prison, where he has remained as a political prisoner of the regime of Nicolas Maduro for three years.
“With profound respect for the Ecuadorian people and their internal process I say: do not allow the Venezuelan dictatorship and its practices to be an example,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
Lopez, considered a radical opponent, referred to “the Venezuelan dictatorship and its abusive methods” as a danger to all Latin American peoples. And he affirmed that “the struggle for democracy and human rights transcends borders, all Latin American people want the same thing: freedom. We are millions of people in that fight for freedom, not only in Ecuador and Venezuela, but throughout the world, and we will not rest until we achieve it.”
Maduro’s government captured López after leading protests against it. The sentence has been condemned by the main human rights organizations.