Opposition figures in Venezuela Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma's house arrests were revoked Tuesday morning after violating the conditions of the agreement that allowed their freedom under special conditions.
Who is Leopoldo Lopez?
Lopez had urged Venezuelans to take to the streets to block the roads to prevent the election of the National Constituent Assembly, along with Henrique Capriles. In June, while he was still in prison, he published a video asking the military to rebel against the government.
"I make a call to the democrats of the world: what corresponds is to ignore this fraudulent ANC, as the Venezuelan people have already done," said Lopez on his Twitter account.
Ledezma also sent similar messages before and during the election.
In an interview for teleSUR, legal expert Maria Alejandra Diaz explained that in any part of the world, when the benefit of house arrest is given, certain conditions are established and when incurring violations such as the call to civil revolt, military uprising and a call to violence, obviously the benefit is violated and the detainees are transferred to their previous places of detention.
Referring to how the international media described the action as kidnapping, the lawyer said that this is part of the international media campaign against Venezuela where the actions of the Venezuelan government are not recognized and disqualified.
Leopoldo Lopez comes from a long line of the political elite in Venezuela. Among his various family members who held high offices, his grandfather was a former secretary of agriculture for two years during the 1940s and he is also the great-great-great-grandson of the country's first president, Cristobal Mendoza.
In April 2002, Lopez was among those who led an opposition march which was re-routed toward the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, where thousands of President Hugo Chavez supporters were also demonstrating. Dozens of people were killed in the ensuing clashes, which have been shown to be a premeditated, orchestrated massacre to justify the coup and kidnapping of Chavez.
In 2014, after the opposition lost in municipal elections, Lopez led violent guarimbas in an effort to force what the right-wing was unable to win in the voting booth. Despite the mounting death toll and the continued violence, Lopez insisted people should continue the effort to oust President Nicolas Maduro. During an interview at the time, he was asked when the opposition protests would end. “When we manage to remove those who govern us,” Lopez responded.
The violence led to 43 deaths, with victims of the protests, including the family members of some of those killed, calling for justice. Lopez was later tried for his role in these violent protests and sentenced to 14 years in prison.