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The Making of Leopoldo Lopez

Leopoldo Lopez (Cristian Hernandez/AFP/Getty Images)

Robert Lovato delves into Leopoldo Lopez's checkered past from his elite US education to his suspected role in the 2002 coup, calling into question the Venezuelan opposition standard-bearer's democratic credentials. 

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Venezuela's Oldest Human Rights Organization: "Here There is a State That Respects Human Rights"

Sister Eugenia Russian is a longtime member of Venezuela's oldest human rights organisation, Fundalatin (Fundalatin)

As "reports" of alleged "human rights violations" in Venezuela are unscrupulously circulated by transnational corporate media and rightwing governments, VA speaks to long time human rights activist Sister Eugenia Russian, President of the Latin American Foundation of Human Rights and Social Development (Fundalatin), concerning a range of issues, including "political prisoners", "torture" allegations, the "crackdown" on journalists, Liberation Theology, and more. 

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Leopoldo Lopez Ends Hunger Strike in Venezuela

Lopez has attracted extensive corporate media coverage despite lacking popular support (archives)

Jailed far right Venezuelan opposition leader  Leopoldo Lopez ended a thirty day hunger strike today, claiming that the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE) had met one of his demands in fixing the date of parliamentary elections this December.

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Protesters Block Rightwing Brazilian Senators From Visiting Leopoldo Lopez

Rightwing Brazilian senators aboard a bus in Venezuela (EFE)

A minibus containing a group of rightwing Brazilian senators was confronted by Venezuelan protesters on Thursday, who blocked the road, preventing the delegation from visiting jailed hard right opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in Ramo Verde prison. 

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Desmond Tutu, If You Stand with the Venezuelan Right, You Have Chosen the Side of the Oppressor

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Zak Hussein/PA)

In an op-ed published in the Spanish daily El Pais titled "Free the Prisoners of Conscience in Venezuela", the renowned South African Archbishop and anti-apartheid militant Desmond Tutu foresakes neutrality in order to unabashedly take the side of the oppressor, namely the United States and the Venezuelan Right.

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Venezuela Rejects Felipe Gonzalez Visit as Former Spanish PM Touches Down in Caracas

A woman waves a placard rejecting Gonzalez's visit: "Murderer and Fascist - Venezuela respects itself" (Laiguana)

The former Spanish Prime Minister claims to be visiting the country in order to help with the legal defence of jailed opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, Daniel Ceballos and Antonio Ledezma. He met with Ledezma on Sunday. 

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Hunger Strike Confirmed as Opposition Fragments

Leopoldo Lopez (far left) and Henrique Capriles Radonski (right) pictured together. Lopez finds himself increasingly isolated fr

Venezuela's chief ombudsman Tarek William Saab confirmed yesterday that jailed far right politicians Leopoldo Lopez and Daniel Ceballos have refused to eat since Monday as part of a planned hunger strike announced on Saturday. 

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Lopez Not on Hunger Strike, Video Tied to Plan to Bring Down Government

Leopoldo Lopez released the video on Saturday night (screen shot/Leopoldo Lopez)

Venezuela’s chief ombudsman, Tarek William Saab, has publicly refuted media reports that imprisoned politician Leopoldo Lopez has gone on hunger strike. A leaked conversation featuring Lopez has also revealed the strike to be part of yet another attempt to destabilise the Bolivarian government. 

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Chile's Michelle Bachelet Refuses to Meet with Venezuelan Opposition Leader's Wife

Lilian Tintori (L) and Mitzi Capriles (Voluntad Popular)

The wives of jailed opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma arrived in the Chilean capital on Sunday with the objective of meeting with president Michelle Bachelet, but were not received.

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Venezuelan Committee for the Victims of the Barricades Rallies against Exclusion from OAS Forum

Yendry Velasquez (far left) lost her husband during last year’s barricades (VTV)

Victims of last year’s barricades and their family members have poured scorn on what they describe as a “premeditated” decision to exclude them from the OAS Summit of the America’s Forum on Civil Society and Social Actors.

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