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Senator Andreychuk Calls for the Release of Political Opposition Leaders in Venezuela

Rising in the Senate on 23 February 2016, Senator Andreychuk reaffirmed support for the enduring struggle of the people of Venezuela. 

“The newly elected legislature has been tasked with finding a viable and sustainable solution to the challenges facing Venezuela,” said Senator Andreychuk.  “We call particularly on President Maduro to work with the new legislature for the benefit the people of Venezuela,” she added.

Noting this year’s co-recipients of the prestigious Geneva Summit Courage Award, Venezuelan opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma, Senator Andreychuk stated, “Mr. Lopez and Mr. Ledezma embody the plight of hundreds of Venezuelans, persecuted for peacefully opposing their government. Today, I encourage Canadian parliamentarians and Canadians to stand with members of the Geneva Summit Courage Award selection coalition in recognition of Mr. Lopez and Mr. Ledezma’s bravery.”

Leopoldo Lopez, leader of the Popular Will Party, is presently serving a 14 year sentence in Ramo Verde Military Prison for allegedly inciting violence during the 2014 protests in Venezuela. Similarly, Antonio Ledezma, mayor of Venezuela’s capital Caracas, is awaiting trial under house arrest for allegedly plotting a government coup.

“We should call on all parliamentarians to work together for political, economic, and social reconciliation in Venezuela.  This must include the immediate release of all political prisoners, including Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma.”

Senator Andreychuk’s full statement can be read here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/Sen/Chamber/421/Debates/016db_2016-02-23-e.htm

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Contact: Zenia Turkewych Miner 613-996-4600