President Maduro explained the strange circumstances surrounding the arrest of opposition leader Leopoldo López yesterday.
After being taken away from the rally of supporters in a military armored vehicle, López was transferred later to a Jeep and driven to the Fiscalía to be imputed of a series of violation which, according to Maduro, include “sedition and violation of the Constitution.” He was then driven off to a jail outside Caracas. The conductor of the Jeep carrying López was no other than Diosdado Cabello, President of the National Assembly.
“At this moment the compañero Diosdado Cabello is driving the car that is taking Leopoldo López to a jail outside Caracas,” said Maduro. He argued that this “extreme measure” had to be taken because Lopez’s life was in danger: “We have information that the ultra-right, the most ultra-right of Miami and Venezuela, after our orders to arrest López, have mobilized strange groups to look for him and kill him in order to create a political crisis and to drag Venezuela into a civil war.”