Leopoldo López

Leopoldo López

Leopoldo López is a Venezuelan opposition leader and democracy activist. He is the national coordinator of Redes Populares, a grassroots social-political organization working with local leaders to develop public policies that address the key concerns of the Venezuelan people. He was also a primary leader of the Venezuelan opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad. From 2000 to 2008, López was the mayor of the Chacao district of Caracas and given Transparency International's award for the most transparent municipality in Venezuela for 2007 and 2008. In 2008, López was among the more than 300 candidates barred from running for public office without due process by the state electoral tribunal. In 2014, López called on millions of people to peacefully take to the streets of Venezuela to protest against crime, an increasing shortage of basic goods, disenfranchisement of the opposition, and to call for the resignation of President Nicolás Maduro.

In March 2014, López was arrested in Caracas while leading a peaceful demonstration and charged with arson and conspiracy. In September 2015, López was again charged with public incitement and criminal activity during anti-government protests and was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison, where he remains today. Venezuelan courts dismissed his appeal in August 2016. Rights activists and international leaders across the globe recognize López as a prisoner of conscience and call for his immediate release. 

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  • Leopoldo siempre nos dijo: la calle es la salida. Sigamos con mucha Fuerza y con mucha Fe por una Mejor Venezuela.… https://t.co/8e5HhTviy6Sun May 21, 8:36pm
  • Sí se puede, Venezuela! Juntos lo vamos a lograr. Superaremos estas horas oscuras y avanzaremos. Progresaremos como nación. Fuerza y Fe!Mon May 15, 9:13pm
  • Un mensaje claro: es nuestra convicción dar garantías y respeto a quienes se nieguen a reprimir al pueblo y abandonen al dictadorMon May 15, 9:06pm

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