Hun Alumnus Leopoldo Lopez, Detained in Venezuela Once Again
The Lopez Family has distributed a video purportedly showing armed men removing Venezuelan Opposition Leader and Hun Alumnus Leopoldo Lopez '89 from his home on August 1st.
UPDATE - August 2, 2017
Caracas, Venezuela (CNN) - The international community condemned the detention of two political opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday, with the White House saying it holds Maduro personally responsible for their safety.
Venezuelan political prisoner and opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, a member of the Hun Class of 1989, has been granted release from a military prison to house arrest due to health concerns, according to multiple news reports.
According to CNN, a relative of Mr. Lopez's confirmed the news of the house arrest. Details about his physical condition weren't immediately available. His supporters cheered his release to his home, saying it may signal a step toward his full release and a democratic solution of the country’s crisis.
In 2014, Mr. Lopez was sentenced to 14 years in prison for inciting anti-government protests. The former mayor of Caracas, and a potential presidential candidate, Mr. Lopez has been a long-time opposition leader against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. (Learn more at freeleopoldo.com). Venezuela has been in the midst of an economic crisis that intensified this year. On Wednesday, pro-Maduro mobs stormed the country’s legislature, beating members of the opposition party with pipes and sticks.
Presidents Obama and Trump, as well as former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, have all called for Mr. Lopez’s release. Mr. Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, has pled the case around the world for her husband’s release.
Mr. Lopez’s father, Leopoldo Lopez, Sr., Hun Class of 1963, visited the Hun School campus in May to speak about his country’s crisis and urge the community not to forget about his son’s plight. When asked about his hopes and fears for his son and his country, the elder Mr. Lopez’s eyes filled with tears.
“My fears, I will not express them,” he said. “My hope is that Venezuela will be the country that it should be, that people will not return to their homes and allow tyranny to triumph.”
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