Monday, October 15, 2018

Libertarian political prisoner exiled from Venezuela

Libertarian prisoner Lorent Saleh released from cell, exiled to Spain – Instituto Mises-Mambí de Cuba via Boundless Liberty:

October 14, 2018 - "The 2017-2018 crisis in Venezuela is far from the first time there was popular opposition to the PSUV’s one-party dictatorship.... 2014 was the most recent protest cycle before the current one. During the 2014 cycle, ... student and dissident organizer Lorent Saleh had fled to Colombia. He was arrested and extradited by the friendly Santos government to Venezuela, where he spent the next four years in a cell at the National Intelligence Service HQ.

"Saleh was released from solitary confinement on Friday and immediately put on a plane to Madrid, where other Venezuelan exiles waited to give him a hero’s welcome.

"Venezuelan dissidents widely claim that this is the regime trying to keep the lid on public anger after the October 8 murder of a Caracas city councilman that the National Intelligence Service covered up to look like a suicide.

"'It’s important to mention that Saleh was "freed" by orders of the National Constituent Assembly almost immediately after the assassination of Fernando Albán,' says Adriana Flores Márquez, a heroine living in exile in Argentina, where she still directs Venezuelan dissident operations. Like Saleh, Márquez had to flee in 2014....

"María Oropeza, National Youth Coordinator for Vente Venezuela, has spent years denouncing her friend’s arrest and illegal imprisonment in what Venezuelans call 'The Tomb.' Regarding Saleh’s release, Oropeza said...
I know you finally saw the dawn after 4 years and 1 month of unjust imprisonment. Today you can see the night, breathe fresh air, and talk with your fellow citizens and partners in the struggle. Today you’re free in other borders, but fighting intensely as the first day. It won’t be long before you, Villa Fernandez, and all who have emigrated [or been] exiled against their will, can return to this land and begin the function of freedom and prosperity.

Let there be not one more political prisoner. Not one more murdered dissident. Not one more slave. Not one more exile....
"Oropeza has long since been sharing Saleh’s unjust imprisonment.

"While the Institute celebrates that Lorent Saleh is out of danger, we would like to remind the world of three political prisoners in Cuba: ... libertarians Ubaldo Herrera and Yanet Padrón, and ... innocent bystander Lianet Guerra, who is the niece of a libertarian." 
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