Leopoldo López, Venezuelan oppositionist and leader of Voluntad Popular, was released Tuesday in Caracas from his house arrest by soldiers opposed to the regime of Nicolás Maduro, according to the president in charge, Juan Guaidó, in a video uploaded to his social networks together with the opposition leader and a group of members of the Army. López initially took refuge at the Chilean embassy in Caracas. Hours later, López and his family moved to the Spanish embassy in the Venezuelan capital. López was serving a 13-year prison sentence under house arrest and was prohibited from transmitting information through any channel.

After López’s release, which took place in the early hours of Tuesday, there was a civil uprising in the country against the Maduro regime, encouraged by Guaidó and supported by some military groups. Guaidó called this Tuesday night to continue with the protests in the streets.

For his part, Maduro, in an appearance on television late Tuesday, said he defeated the “skirmish coup” and announced legal action against those involved, while denying that he had planned to flee the country, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

The protests had ended Tuesday night with at least one dead and almost a hundred wounded.


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