On the first anniversary of the ‘unjustified and arbitrary’ arrest by Maduro's regime of the Venezuelan opposition leader Aznar Demands the ‘Immediate Release’ of Leopoldo López in a ‘Clear and Decisive Manner’

18/02/2015

The former Prime Minister of Spain and President of FAES Foundation, José María Aznar, has demanded today the ‘immediate release’ of the Venezuelan opposition leader, Leopoldo López, in ‘a very clear and decisive manner,’ on the first anniversary of his ‘unreasonable and arbitrary’ arrest and imprisonment by the regime of Nicolás Maduro. Aznar has stated that demanding the release of López ‘is an obligation which, in defence of freedom, democracy and respect for human rights, all people who defend those ideas and aspire to a democratic Venezuela in peace, must claim.’ ‘It is also the claim and the requirement that democratic countries and international institutions must do,’ he added.

Aznar has stressed that ‘it is not acceptable that due to oppressive and tyrannic reasons citizens are deprived from freedom in Venezuela’. ‘I would like to join my voice to those calling for the immediate release of Leopoldo López, but I also ask and claim that many more join their voices to ours, the voice of those who are supporting the Venezuelan opposition, who defend freedom, democracy and human rights in Venezuela,’ he said.

Aznar has also recalled the family of the imprisoned opposition leader and expressed his hope that ‘maybe by acting together we can gather the strength to see Leopoldo López free and Venezuela also free, with democracy and peace.’

Statements by José María Aznar:
‘On the first anniversary of the unjustified and arbitrary arrest of Leopoldo López, the time has come to demand his immediate release from prison in a very clear and decisive manner. This is an obligation shared by all Democrats of the world. It is an obligation which, in defence of freedom, democracy and respect for human rights, all people who defend these ideas, share these values and aspire to a democratic Venezuela in peace, must claim. ‘

It is also the claim and the requirement that democratic countries and international institutions must do. It is not acceptable that due to reasons that only respond to oppression, tyranny and lack of freedom, citizens are deprived from freedom in Venezuela and are being treated in such an arbitrary and unjustified way as Leopoldo López now’.

I add my voice to those calling for his immediate release, but I also ask and claim that many more join their voices to ours, the voice of those who are asking for freedom for Leopoldo López; those who are supporting the Venezuelan opposition; those who defend freedom, democracy and human rights in Venezuela, and those who especially now remember the entire family of Leopoldo López, especially his wife Lilian, and who hope that together we may gather the strength to see Leopoldo López free and Venezuela also free, with democracy and peace.’