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“Even in jail I will fight for a free Venezuela”

Tuesday, September 29th 2015 - 10:32 UTC
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By Leopoldo López - Prisión de Ramo Verde, Venezuela. On Feb. 12, 2014, the repressive and inept elite that governs Venezuela ordered my arrest on charges of conspiracy, arson, inciting violence, damage to public property and other crimes. Read full article


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  • Brasileiro

    Brazil should do the same with the coup leaders here. I envy Venezuela.

    Sep 29th, 2015 - 10:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jonaz_BsAs

    Then move there! Put your rapidly devaluating - although not nearly so as the Venezuelan Bolivar - Reais where your mouth is and go there. And then stay there. Such a big-mouth p*ssy aren't you?

    Sep 29th, 2015 - 11:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • A.J.Rimmer

    @1 Moron, seriously???

    Brazil needs to see this, watch it all, digest it, and see what is coming.

    The same fate awaits you, or are you one of the government cronies?

    Sep 29th, 2015 - 11:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @1 What a very strange comment from you. I assume you would happily live under an oppressive dictatorship.

    Sep 29th, 2015 - 12:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. Do you think it's such a good idea to parade your Hitlerism? Only a Hitlerite would imprison or execute an opponent. It's proof that you cannot succeed honestly. At the end of the day, Maduro and those like him will fall. Possibly to be executed. Not a problem for Brazil. It believes in the power of the gun. Hitler thought the same. Remember what happened?

    Sep 29th, 2015 - 12:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    If Brazilians are envying Venezuela then it goes a long way to showing why Brazil will always have difficulty amounting to much.

    Sep 29th, 2015 - 12:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    Bravo Leopoldo!!!

    This needs to be sent all over the media....

    Sep 29th, 2015 - 12:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tik Tok

    Brasshole gets paid to write bullshit, um centavo por palavra

    Sep 29th, 2015 - 01:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    There are a couple of attention seekers for sure.

    Sep 29th, 2015 - 01:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    I have nothing but respect for Leopoldo Lopez.

    Sep 29th, 2015 - 03:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo


    The same.
    Also I'm a bit ashamed of my country's neutral stance on his incarceration.

    Sep 29th, 2015 - 03:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Straight from the horse's mouth.

    Sep 29th, 2015 - 04:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Put London on fire and see what happens.

    Try crying in MP after doing so.

    Sep 30th, 2015 - 04:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    @13 Stevie

    Parts of London have been on fire in contemporary times: I remember seeing a veritable battalion of fire engines and cop cars hurtling up Streatham High Rd from my bedsit on their way to Brixton in 1985. Nobody did fourteen years for any crime associated with the riots and nobody was subjected to a trial as farcical as Mr Lopez has endured.

    Sep 30th, 2015 - 07:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    The big problem the opposition has got is the 600,000 dead people on the electoral role, though it has probably increased since the last fiasco: and they all voted for the little bird!

    Even if the opposition manage to out-vote them the new computerised voting system will never allow it.

    It will need an armed intervention to oust these vermin.

    Sep 30th, 2015 - 11:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Wow López set Caracas on fire?

    Considering the murders that happen there everyday I'm pretty sure no one noticed.

    Sep 30th, 2015 - 11:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    “ I was convicted on the absurd basis that I used “subliminal messages” in my speeches about nonviolence to inspire violence during the February 2014 protests.”
    -Leopoldo López - Prisión de Ramo Verde, Venezuela.
    “On the night of September 10, 2015, Susana Virginia Barreiros Rodríguez, 34, became the executioner the Chavista regime needed to bring the hammer down on opposition leader Leopoldo López.”
    “Only minutes before returning to the courtroom to deliver her sentence, she was receiving calls directly from the Miraflores Palace.”
    “Susana Barreiros sits provisionally, since August 2010, on the bench previously occupied by her colleague María Lourdes Afiuni, another political prisoner. However, in this case, Judge Afiuni was a victim of the late Hugo Chávez Frías.
    Obviously, instead of coming out of the courthouse in handcuffs like her predecessor, Barreiros preferred to play the Chavista‘s game and leave protected by government bodyguards.”
    Full story here;
    An image of Susana Barreiros embracing the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly and second most powerful man of the Chavista regime, Diosdado Cabello. (@CondoritoVE)

    Rumour has it that Barreiros could be 'rewarded' with a nice sojourn in Chile as head of Consulate, or similar.
    As reported by the print edition of El Mercurio , which includes the possibility that the judge go as a diplomat to the country, the government of Chile “can not stop takes office, because the blessing of President Michelle Bachelet is needed, as it does with the ambassadors. ”The Chilean newspaper also notes that the information has not been confirmed.

    Sep 30th, 2015 - 12:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Well, in Venezuela, if you incite to violence with the purpose of removing the democratially elected government, you get to serve quite a lot of time in jail.
    In England, you risk getting executed extrajudicially for telling the truth.
    Ask David Kelly's wife.

    Sep 30th, 2015 - 10:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @10 Heisenbergcontext, @11 Chicureo
    Fat Dilma, same as Chile's Bachelet, kept silent. Can't really speak for Chile, but Brazil's lack of public condemnation of such a dirty act, considering that Dilma likes to brag about her days of incarceration and torture by the Military Government and her “brave” resistance (not all true, but spiced up to make her look good) proves that Brazil's human rights' movement is just a load of political bs, and more important than human rights to this government, is their socialist project for Latin America, and the support of their dictator
    friends in Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Cuba.

    @1 BrASSHOLE, the one with shit for brains : if you envy Venezuela, d'you want me to buy you a one way ticket to Caracas ? I'm afraid it'll have to be by bus, as soon no airline will want to land there. And take your imature friend Stevie with you. You two could also get married and have lots of children....and live in the Torre David.....wouldn't that be romantic ?

    Sep 30th, 2015 - 10:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext


    Since no evidence was presented of any incitement to violence with the purpose of removing the democratically elected government of Venezuela on behalf of Leopold Lopez, I can comfortably dismiss your comment, along with the legal judgement, as unadulterated bullshit.

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 07:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    So much for your dismissal, Heisen


    Oct 01st, 2015 - 08:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    I presume you have first hand knowledge of the Assassins ? You should get this published so the police can take action.

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 09:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie


    Pointless, wouldn't you think? Your government reduses to order an inquest...

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 09:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext


    That's your idea of evidence? Seriously???

    I completely, unreservedly, stand behind my dismissal.

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 09:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Of course you do.
    I the meantime, even the opposition in Venezuela thinks Lopez is doing little else than divide the country.
    Wanna check money transfers from USA as well?

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 10:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    Yes Stevie, of course I will stand by my statements when neither you, nor Wikileaks, nor the Venezuelan govt can provide any evidence whatsoever of any attempt to incite violence or overthrow the govt.

    ...and in case you've forgotten, Chavez received far better treatment from the judiciary back in '92, when there was no doubt whatsoever that he was responsible for attempting a coup. And a LOT more people died that time.

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 10:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    If you know how much Chavez was sentenced to, please inform me. All I know is that Chavez spent 2 years in jail without trial or sentence until the new president gave him amnesty....

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 11:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    In which case you will understand why I wrote “...far better treatment from the judicuary...” for something he was actually GUILTY of.

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 03:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Well, the big difference is that Chavez had balls and never denied his actions.
    As for the judiciary, Lopez got a harsh treatment, Chavez got no treatment at all, but went straight to jail...
    You mean imprisoning people without the use of courts is a better treatment?

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 03:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext


    What big difference? The whole friggin' country knew Chavez was responsible for the coup. Acknowledging his responsibilty had nothing do with the size of his cojones lol. Lopez is guilty of nothing he has been charged with.

    And in the context of both Venezuelan and South American history, Chavez could consider himself lucky he wasn't attached to electrodes during his stay as a guest of the state.

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 03:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Lopez is guilty as sin.
    Receiving money from USAID and US NED while at it.

    In the context of South American history, it's strange we didn't send him north on a raft...

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 03:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    “Crime Wave Downs 100 Venezuelan Police Officers -
    Failure to Contain Lawlessness Comes at a Price”
    “Venezuela is in midst of a violent crime wave, and not even police are immune to the bloodshed. As of September, 102 police officers have been killed in Caracas this year alone. ”

    Bolivarian Socialist Paradise, anyone?

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 03:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    Stevie, arguing with you is like arguing with a child. The only evidence you can provide to establish Lopez is 'guilty as sin' is that he is an ambitious politician. And met with American officials and got some cash from them. And from that you surmise he planned to take the government down. Did all those protestors have AK47's secreted about their persons? A howitzer in their underwear perchance?

    And about that cash - you remember that suitcase filled with $8oo oo that arrived in BA in 2008? On a plane chartered by Pdvsa? And the possessor of said cash, Guido Antonini, scarpered off to Miami? Who claimed it was for CFK, courtesy of El Commadante? You remember the FBI wire-taps capturing four Venezuelan agents trying to buy the guys silence off for $2 million? Or maybe you just forgot, 'cause your beloved Bolivarians would never sink so low as to try buy an election in another country would they?

    If I used your reasoning I would never have even passed my year 12 English exams.

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 08:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    None of that makes Lopez less guilty. As charged and convicted.
    Earlier you insinuated that he should've been imprisoned without trial.

    As for your English exam, don't worry. All can be sorted with money.

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 08:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Well now that we can see how Stevie managed to graduate from high school, it is hard to find anyone who is surprised.

    But lucky for Venezuela, with López now in jail, all the problems will settle down.

    The murder rate will drop.
    Economic growth will return.
    Inflation will fall.
    Shortages will cease.
    The budget will balance.

    And those against the Governmeent will realise that none of these issues are caused by the government but by people speaking to crowds undermining the government.

    As the voices of any opposition to the system fall silent, one by one; whether through jailing or death or exile, then all the problems these people supposedly cause should cease.

    Or will they?

    López's jailing is a sign of failure. But the failure of whom?

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 09:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Nah, USAID and NED are still pumping millions of dollars to the opposition every year.
    As long as they continue, Venezuela will keep fighting.

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 09:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    No need to worry Stevie, I passed my English exam without resorting to bribery. Which is why I know perfectly well I made no insinuations Lopez should've been imprisoned without trial. I'm disappointed you would be so dishonest. I suggest projection may be the culprit.

    And you still have no argument. Not even the semblance of one...

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 10:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip


    So jailing López won't reduce these 'problems', Stevie?

    Because these 'problems' are caused by the US and its money!

    So López ISN'T to blame for these problems after all.

    So glad you cleared that up Stevie.

    Indeed, super glad when we can follow your logic to its inevitable conclusion. Especially after you ceased posting any in-depth comments.

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 10:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    With your logic, USA should empty its prisons... Heck, it's not working, is it?

    Jailing Lopez will change nothing but the fact that Lopez go to jail for doing what he did.
    Like jailing any other criminal.

    Oct 01st, 2015 - 11:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Yes. López should go to jail for taking all that money. I think..... isn't that the crime?

    But who will stop the violence then?

    I mean your praise for the US justice system is correct. The US has a homocide rate 1/18th Venezuela's. So seems they are sending the right people to jail while Venezuela is spending time jailing people like..... López!

    Guess I will just have to highlight when that 1/18th becomes 1/20th.

    Oct 02nd, 2015 - 05:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Don't know who will stop the violence.

    Like I don't knoow who will stop the school shootings in USA.

    Like I don't know who will make justice for aborigins in Australia.

    Like I don't know who will sort the racial problems in England.

    Like I don't know who will sort the immigration issues in northern France.

    See Skip, me not knowing doesn't either credit or discredit anything...

    Oct 02nd, 2015 - 11:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    To paraphrase Ygritte in Game of Thrones “You know nothing Stevie”

    Oct 02nd, 2015 - 12:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    “That's one way we differ, Jaime and I. He's taller as well, you may have noticed.”

    - Tywin Lannister

    He also said something about lions and the opinion of the sheep...

    Oct 02nd, 2015 - 01:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Are you casting yourself as the lion ? How modest of you.

    Oct 02nd, 2015 - 04:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Arrggh... I had hoped the random quote would've left the lion in the background...

    You guy have been training... Is it Think's fault?

    Where is Think, anyway?

    Oct 02nd, 2015 - 05:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Where is Think, anyway?

    How should I know ?
    I have been in “training” since I went to school 69 years ago, plus having to deal with various assortments of liars, con men and arseholes all my working life.
    It does make one question everything one is told and to look behind the actual words spoken/written.. However, I am much more mellow now although I can still bite if the occasion requires.

    Oct 02nd, 2015 - 06:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    I have to agree that you guys are quite amusing from time to time. Heck, I keep oming back for more...

    As for modesty

    “Is there any in this rout with authority to treat with me? Or indeed with wit to understand me?”

    - Mouth of Sauron, courtesy of Tolkien

    Oct 02nd, 2015 - 06:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    And look what happened to him !

    Oct 02nd, 2015 - 09:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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