HAVANA TIMES (dpa) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, said today that opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who surrendered Tuesday to authorities after being blamed for the recent violence in the country, will be held in a prison outside Caracas, claiming it is to “save” his life.
Maduro said Lopez will be accompanied by the head of the National Assembly (Congress) , Diosdado Cabello, to the place of detention, which has not been revealed.
“Right now comrade Cabello is driving Leopoldo López in his car, taking him to a prison outside Caracas to face justice,” said Maduro adding: “we are looking after the life of Leopoldo López, ”
At a rally near the presidential palace in Caracas, on the occasion of the signing of an employment contract with the oil industry workers, Maduro said rightwingers in Miami mobilized “strange groups ” when they learned that Lopez would turn himself in.
“They sought to kill him to take us to a civil war. But we are decent people we don’t hate anybody,” he said.
Maduro added that Cabello spoke with the Lopez’s family, to get him to turn himself in and safeguard his life.
The president said Lopez must be brought to justice for his calls to “sedition” against his government made in recent weeks, seeking to create a crisis to oust him from office by force.
“Today events unfolded peacefully up to now, with the head of Venezuelan right wing fascists turning himself in. He must respond to the prosecutor for his calls for sedition and ignoring the Constitution,” said Maduro.
López surrendered today to authorities amid an opposition rally at Brion Square in the east of the city, after the government accused him of instigating violence on Wednesday after an opposition march to the Attorney General’s office left three dead and 66 wounded.
The delivery of the leader to the police resulted in a mobilization of his supporters in the east of the city, causing chaos and gridlock.