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Leopoldo Lopez

Venezuelan Freedom Activist, Wilson Center

Bio Current as of July 25, 2022

Leopoldo López is a Freedom Activist from Venezuela. He was a political prisoner from 2014 to 2020 after being sentenced to fourteen years in prison for leading non-violent street protests and civil resistance in 2014. After spending seven years in confinement, he managed to escape the autocratic regime of Nicolas Maduro in October of 2020 and was able to travelled to Spain where he lives with his family. From 2000 to 2008 Leopoldo López was mayor of the Municipality of Chacao in Caracas and was later illegally disqualified to run for office. He won his case at the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). In 2009, he founded the political party and freedom movement called Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) and became its national coordinator.

At present, Leopoldo López is a visiting fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C and a lecturer in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies in Stanford University.