Leopoldo Lopez - updates

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Spain refuses to hand over opposition figure to Venezuela

May 03, 2019 - 8:06 AM

A statement from the Spanish foreign ministry says: the government 'does not envisage in any circumstances handing over Leopoldo Lopez to the Venezuelan authorities nor asking him to leave the ambassador's residence'

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez gives a message at this house in Caracas on July 26, 2017. Leopoldo Lopez/handout/AFP

Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight 'any coup plotter'

May 02, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Yes, we are in combat, keep morale high in this fight to disarm any traitor, any coup plotter,' says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Trump holds Maduro responsible for jailed opponents' health, safety

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The United States holds Maduro personally responsible for the health and safety of Mr Lopez Mr Ledezma and any others seized

DETAINED. This combination of pictures created on August 01, 2017 shows Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez (L) in Caracas, and a file photo taken on October 27, 2009 showing Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma speaking in Brasilia. Leopoldo Lopez & Evaristo Sa/AFP

Venezuela sends two top opposition leaders back to jail

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:18 PM

UPDATED Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were both already under house arrest when they were picked up by the intelligence service their relatives say

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez gives a message at this house in Caracas on July 26, 2017. Leopoldo Lopez/handout/AFP

Venezuela enters crucial week in battle over constitution rewrite

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:20 AM

UPDATED The opposition energized by the release from jail of one of their emblematic leaders Leopoldo Lopez is leading the charge against the new assembly to be chosen in a July 30 election

A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela opposition leader Lopez released to house arrest

Jul 08, 2017 - 9:30 PM

UPDATED His release from prison has been a key demand of Venezuela s opposition and the international community amid an intensifying political confrontation in the country

'FREE LEOPOLDO.' In this file photo, the wife of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, Lilian Tintori (R), joins thousands of opposition activists protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro along the Francisco Fajardo highway in Caracas on June 19, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Women march to keep pressure on Venezuela's Maduro

May 06, 2017 - 11:53 PM

The protest is being led by Lilian Tintori wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez

IN PROTEST. Venezuelan opposition activists take part in a women's march aimed to keep pressure on President Nicolas Maduro on May 6. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuelans to protest for opposition leader's release

Feb 18, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez calls on his supporters to hold a massive protest Saturday February 18

FREEDOM. The wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, Lilian Tintori chants slogans upon her arrival at the Simon Bolivar International Airport from the United States, in Maiquetia, Venezuela on February 16, 2017. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela rivals seek to ease political crisis

Nov 01, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Opponents of socialist President Nicolas Maduro remain wary while the opposition itself is divided over the strategy with some groups refusing to sit down with the government

General view of the meeting between Venezuela's government and opposition leaders for Vatican-backed talks, in a bid to settle the country's deepening political crisis, in Caracas on October 30, 2016. Ronald Schemidt/AFP

OAS chief says no democracy, rule of law in Venezuela

Aug 23, 2016 - 11:26 AM

The head of the Organization of American States denounces corruption and violence in Venezuela saying a 14 year prison term for an opposition leader there marks the end of democracy in the country

OAS CHIEF. The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Uruguayan Luis Almagro, offers a press conference in Asuncion, on July 14, 2016. AFP file photo

Venezuela opposition leader Lopez jailed for nearly 14 years

Sep 11, 2015 - 12:12 PM

2nd UPDATE If the sentence condemns me you will be more fearful to read it than I will be to hear it because you know that I m innocent Leopoldo Lopez defiantly tells the judge

SENTENCED. A file picture dated on 06 October 2011 shows Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in Brasilia, Brazil. Lopez was sentenced to 13 years and 9 months of imprisonment by a Venezuelan tribunal on 10 September 2015 in Caracas, Venezuela. File photo by Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader ends hunger strike

Jun 24, 2015 - 1:14 AM

We lift the hunger strike but the struggle continues he says

File photo of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez

Opposition hopeful as Venezuela sets legislative vote

Jun 23, 2015 - 8:56 AM

With Venezuela s economy in recession oil revenues plunging and consumers facing chronic shortages of basic goods President Nicolas Maduro s approval rating has sunk to 28

LOSING SUPPORT? A handout picture provided by the Miraflores Palace shows Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (L) and Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores (R) during an United Socialist Party of Venezuela meeting, in Caracas, Venezuela, June 22, 2015. Miraflores Palace handout/EPA

Former Latin presidents press Venezuela on rights

Jun 02, 2015 - 9:06 AM

The statement issued by 27 former leaders follows Venezuela s refusal to grant two former presidents access to prisons holding opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Daniel Ceballos

FOR DEMOCRACY. Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro carry a national flag during a peaceful demonstration against his government, in Caracas, on May 30, 2015. Federico Parra/AFP

US, Latin America worry over Venezuela tensions

Feb 21, 2015 - 10:23 AM

Concerns are raised over political tensions in Venezuela after the arrest of the opposition mayor of Caracas in an alleged coup plot

ANTONIO LEDEZMA. A file picture shows Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma during an opposition rally in Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela. Santi Donaire/EPA

Protesters demand Venezuela opposition leader's release

Feb 19, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Lopez s wife Lilian Tintori leads a rally in the same Caracas plaza where the Harvard educated politician surrendered to security forces February 18 2014 in the midst of a demonstration

RALLY FOR JUSTICE. Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, speaks during a demonstration at the site where her husband handed himself over to authorities a year ago, in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 February 2015. Manaure Quintero/EPA

Crisis-hit Venezuela bars ex-presidents from talks with opposition

Jan 26, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Venezuela denies the former presidents of Chile and Colombia permission to speak to jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez

Lilian Tintori (C) wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, former Chilean president Sebastian Pinera (R) and former Colombian president Andres Pastrana (2nd L), walk outside the military prison of Ramo Verde, outside Caracas on January 25, 2015. Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuelan opposition leader Lopez goes on trial

Jul 24, 2014 - 9:11 AM

Lopez was one of the main leaders of protests against President Nicolas Maduro s government that erupted in February and raged for four months

SURRENDER. Opposition Venezuelan leader Leopoldo Lopez (C) is surrounded by supporters before surrendering to the Venezuelan National Guard (GNB, military police) at Caracas Plaza, in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 February 2014. Boris Vergara/EPA

Riot police, protesters clash in Venezuela

Apr 21, 2014 - 4:10 PM

Hundreds of anti government activists marked Easter Sunday in Chacao by holding a peaceful march calling for the resurrection of democracy

Venezuela in new crisis talks

Apr 16, 2014 - 11:49 AM

Vice President Jorge Arreaza leads the meeting to end two months of anti government protests

DIPLOMACY. Venezuela begins a new round of talks to end two months of deadly protests.

Foreigners detained as Venezuela protesters, security clash

Mar 01, 2014 - 7:53 AM

UPDATED The detained foreigners including two foreign reporters are being held for international terrorism state VTV television said in a brief statement

FACEOFF. Demonstrators confront members of the National Guard during an anti-government protest in Caracas on February 28, 2014. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela pursues second opposition figure

Feb 28, 2014 - 9:01 AM

The Voluntad Popular party says Maduro s under pressure government is now seeking Carlos Vecchio the party s national political coordinator

MORE PROTESTS. Dozens of people take part in a protest of opposition against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, 27 February 2014. Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

LIST: 5 hot spots of unrest around the world

Feb 25, 2014 - 8:50 PM

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Split in Maduro's ranks amid Venezuela turmoil

Feb 25, 2014 - 8:17 AM

A Venezuelan ruling party governor calls for the release of all jailed protesters in a rare public split within President Nicolas Maduro s ranks

DISSENT IN THEIR RANKS? Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro speaks during a pro-government march in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 February 2014. Miraflores Press/Handout/EPA

Hundreds on Venezuela streets in support of government

Feb 24, 2014 - 7:58 AM

Pro government demonstrators held Venezuelan flags and pro Maduro banners protesting what they called fascist violence by student opposition

VENEZUELAN FOSSILS. Paleontologists find new fossils in Venezuela

Venezuelans protest en masse in rival rallies

Feb 23, 2014 - 9:09 AM

The protests – which began on February 4 – are seen as the biggest test yet to socialist leader Maduro since he succeeded late leftist icon Hugo Chavez last year

VIOLENCE. A demonstrator holds a stone to throw at riot policemen during an anti-government protest in Caracas on February 22, 2014. Raul Arboleda/AFP

Venezuela deploys paratroopers after more protests

Feb 21, 2014 - 12:21 PM

The demonstrations led by students and the opposition have left at least 4 dead and dozens hurt in the biggest challenge to Maduro s presidency

MADURO AND VENEZUELA. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks to people gathered outside Miraflores presidential palace, in Caracas on February 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO/PRESIDENCIA

Venezuelans rally in support of jailed opposition leader

Feb 20, 2014 - 9:50 AM

Heavy security surrounded the Palace of Justice in Caracas where the Harvard educated economist had been scheduled to appear after spending the night in jail

SURRENDER. Opposition Venezuelan leader Leopoldo Lopez (C) is surrounded by supporters before surrendering to the Venezuelan National Guard (GNB, military police) at Caracas Plaza, in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 February 2014. Boris Vergara/EPA

Fugitive Venezuela opposition leader surrenders at rally

Feb 19, 2014 - 7:34 AM

Lopez s surrender marked a dramatic inflection point after two tension filled weeks of protests in the oil rich country

SURRENDER. Opposition Venezuelan leader Leopoldo Lopez (C) is surrounded by supporters before surrendering to the Venezuelan National Guard (GNB, military police) at Caracas Plaza, in Caracas, Venezuela, 18 February 2014. Boris Vergara/EPA

Venezuela's government facing more street protests

Feb 17, 2014 - 11:13 AM

The demonstrations have developed into the biggest challenge to the country s socialist rulers since the death of its longtime leader Hugo Chavez

DEFIANCE IN CARACAS. Demonstrators face members of Bolivarian National Police (PNB, as in Spanish) during clashes at Altamira square in Caracas, Venezuela, 15 February 2014. Miguel Gutierrez/EPA