Political leader Leopoldo López, Presidential Commissioner for the Government Center of Venezuelan President (E) Juan Guaidó, assured that he has taken the difficult step of leaving Venezuela convinced that he will be able to redouble his efforts for the cause of freedom.
In his first press conference after he leaving Venezuela offered on Tuesday in Madrid, Spain, Leopoldo Lopez expressed how hard it was for him to make the decision to leave his country. “I did not want to leave Venezuela, I always said so. Unfortunately the circumstances led me to have to leave Venezuela (…) “We will come back” said Romulo Betancourt and I repeat it today. We will come back to Venezuela to free Venezuela and to build a better Venezuela. We are convinced that Venezuela will be free,” he said with conviction.
López announced the three ways of action in this new stage of struggle: “First, to promote, to encourage in Venezuela a free, fair and verifiable presidential election may be effected. The second, to do what corresponds so that those responsible for the violations of Human Rights, for the tortures, for the murders that have occurred in our country may be submitted to international justice (…) Third, we will dedicate ourselves, and I spoke about this with President Guaidó this morning, to seek all the mechanisms to be able to alleviate the suffering of our people”.
He assured that the democratic actors in Venezuela are led by the legitimate President Juan Guaidó. “For the tranquility of Venezuelans, Juan Guaidó is willing to do anything. Juan Guaidó will lead and will continue to lead this process. My departure has absolutely no impact on this idea that a government in exile is going to emerge or that the opposition is moving out, no. We are where we can be give this fight.
According to López, it is evident that in Venezuela there is a clear voice: “The National Assembly, President Juan Guaidó and the work team that accompanies the president in charge. This effort of interlocution is something that is going to be maintained to open the doors of freedom and break the chains of oppression that Nicolás Maduro represents today for all Venezuelans”.
Unity, a challenge
To fulfill the objective of liberating Venezuela, one of the challenges that according to Leopoldo must be faced is the unification of efforts, unity in all its manifestations, starting with political unity.
“Such Political Unity is a priority around which we are going to work and to which we are going to dedicate ourselves, but unity is not only politics, it is the unity of the civil society as well, it is the unity of the Venezuelan people with an agenda that identifies us. The unity I am referring to does not only encompass the national territory. I am also talking about the unity of the countries that have helped us and those that are yet to join the cause for freedom in Venezuela to which we also ask for unity, unity for freedom, unity for free elections, unity to be able to attend to the humanitarian tragedy that is taking place in Venezuela.”
He assured that he will give his greatest contribution in order to unify, unite and strengthen the international coalition around the search for freedom and democracy for Venezuela.
“We are deeply and humbly committed to consolidate that unity in all areas, inside and outside Venezuela, which is what we will dedicate ourselves to in this new stage and which we are sure will allow us to be stronger and achieve what we have set out to do, which is to dismiss the dictatorship.”
To thank humbly
The presidential commissioner for the center of government expressed his deep gratitude to the Spanish ambassador in Caracas and to his wife, the embassy staff with whom he was blessed to have shared this time. He also thanked the President of the Spanish Government for receiving him.
“To all our international allies who day by day express their commitment to our struggle, to all the members of the Lima Group, to the OAS, to the government of the United States, to the government of Canada and to the European Union, in which territory we are. To the President in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, for allowing me to work in the service of his government, recognized by 59 nations of the world, and in the service of the legitimate Assembly of my country, the only democratic body that is still standing. On behalf of my president, President Guaidó, of the National Assembly, of the 38 banned or persecuted democratic parties, of the 127 civil society organizations. I would also like to thank the entire international community, especially in the Americas and the European Union, for continuing to support the cause of freedom for our people.”