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How a Venezuelan Opposition Leader Secretly Communicates From Solitary Confinement

Jeffrey Tayler 






March 28, 2016 — 3:00 AM PDT









“The last days of a dictatorship are when the dictatorship becomes the most dangerous and uses, regrettably, its worst weapon: hatred,”says Lilian Tintori, the 37-year-old wife of Leopoldo López, the charismatic leader of the Venezuelan opposition party Voluntad Popular. She’s speaking by phone from Caracas on a recent Monday. 


Her husband, López, is internationally recognized for his efficient, transparent governance of one of Caracas’s most prosperous districts from 2000 to 2008. He has called for Venezuela to undergo a peaceful transition to democracy involving the lawful—and early—departure of President Nicolás Maduro. 


Since February 2014, López has languished in the Ramo Verde military prison outside Caracas.





López inside his cell at the military prison of Ramo Verde on Sept. 11, 2015.
Photographer: Popular Will Party/© Popular Will Party/Xinhua Press/Corbis



Following a trial later labeled a“farce”by the lead prosecutor, López received a se…