02:03 GMT16 May 2021
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    Leader of the Spanish Ruben Dario Foundation Jose Maria Torres said that venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez would be considered as a terrorist in Spain.

    MADRID (Sputnik) — Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez would be considered a “terrorist” in Spain, leader of the Spanish Ruben Dario Foundation Jose Maria Torres told Sputnik Friday.

    “He would be considered a terrorist in Spain, no doubt,” Torres said.

    Torres was responding to Lopez’ interview with El Pais, which he said was “shameful and despicable.”

    In the interview, Lopez claimed that opposition figures are still persecuted in Venezuela. He was referring the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, being indicted in February for a plot against Venezuela’s government.

    Torres said that the foundation and two NGOs had submitted a letter to the Spanish Congress, urging it to cancel Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party’s proposition to liberate the detained Venezuelans, including Ledezma.

    Torres’ letter to the Spanish government says that Madrid must not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, adding that the petition could lead to conflict with its ally.

    Lopez, the National Coordinator of the Venezuelan political party Voluntad Popular, is now being held at Ramo Verde military prison outside Caracas. He is accused of “arson of a public building,” “damages to public property,” “incitement to commit a crime,” and “associating for organized crime.”


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