The Thrill received this letter from Kenyon alumna Sue Corral ’93, a classmate of Venezuelan political prisoner Leopoldo López — we’re running it in an effort to encourage the Kenyon community to support his mission. Read on to learn how you can help the “Free Leopoldo” campaign.
Dear Kenyon students and alumni:
Our schoolmate and friend, Leopoldo Lopez, has been working tirelessly for years to ignite change and government reform in his home country of Venezuela. He is fighting for his belief in democracy and his dream of a free and democratic Venezuela.
This is not surprising to those of us who spent time living and learning with him on The Hill. Leo was an intense and engaging student, a uniter, a strong leader (ASHES) and a risk taker. He has always believed in the power of protest and taking a firm stand, even in the face of consequence. On February 18th, Leo was arrested by the government for leading a peaceful protest. If convicted, Leo faces ten years in prison. His arrest is illegal, unconstitutional and against every principle of human rights. His unjust jailing, which has sparked worldwide reaction, is a clear attempt by the Maduro government to silence dissent and freedom of speech.