© Reuters. The Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez speaks to the media in the residence of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez has left the residence of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas to leave the country. Over a year after arriving to escape house arrest, three people who were familiar with his exit said.
Lopez was on his way to Colombia, said two of the people, although it was immediately clear whether he had already arrived.
Lopez was imprisoned in 2014 after protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. He was provisionally released in 2017.
After house arrest, he was a mentor to opposition leader Juan Guaido, who appealed to the constitution earlier last year for a provisional presidency and launched a campaign to oust Maduro.
In April 2019, when Guaido tried to spark a military uprising against Maduro, Lopez reappeared next to him on the streets. When the uprising broke out, Lopez sought refuge first in the Chilean diplomatic residence and then in the house of the Spanish ambassador.
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