Venezuelan opposition leader, former mayor of capital city Caracas’s Chacao Municipality and Kenyon Class of 1993 alum Leopoldo López has turned himself in to authorities on “charges of inciting violence” during recent street protests in Caracas.
López, who majored in Sociology at Kenyon before earning a Master of Public Policy from Harvard, gave himself up in an attempt to draw attention to the need for social change and reform in Venezuela — this BBC article about his arrest quotes López as saying, “I present myself to an unjust judiciary. They want to jail Venezuelans who want peaceful, democratic change.” A WhiteHouse.Gov petition has been launched in an attempt to ensure López’s safety — sign it here.
López is one of a number of Kenyon alums currently fighting for social justice around the world — others include Darya Tsymbalyuk ’13, an activist in her native Ukraine’s Maidan Square protests, and Marco Saavedra ’11, whose work with immigration activist group the “DREAM 9” on behalf of undocumented youths was chronicled in the New York Times this fall.
[Ed. — This post was compiled with the help of Collegian news editors Sam Colt ’14, Madeleine Thompson ’15 and Henri Gendreau ’16]