Tintori said, “To Nicolás Maduro: Leopoldo López, since 2 in the afternoon on Friday, has been isolated and we have no information on Leopoldo, it’s been 120 hours without information. They won’t allow family members to enter, they won’t allow the lawyers to enter, and they won’t allow me to enter; we demand proof of life for Leopoldo because at this time he is being held and is a hostage of the Republic. Proof of life where Leopoldo’s voice can be heard and his face can be seen. Only with this will we know whether Leopoldo is okay.”
On September 27, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution urging for the Venezuelan government to release their political prisoners, including opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez ’93, as well as calling upon the government to honor the constitutional process of the likely recall referendum which could oust President Maduro.
This past Tuesday, the opposition-led National Assembly of Venezuela passed an amnesty law that would free over seventy political prisoners, including Leopoldo Lopez ’93. While President Maduro has the ability to veto, the assembly can override the veto with an absolute majority of lawmakers present. However, Maduro could also send the law to the Supreme Court, an institution supposedly full of his loyalists. Continue reading
Two days ago Leopoldo Lopez ’93 released an OpEd urging for further democracy in Venezuela, stating
An election cannot be considered free or fair if opposition leaders are imprisoned or banned from seeking office. Additionally, the government has refused to allow qualified electoral observation from the Organization of American States and the European Union. What more are they trying to hide from the international community?