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AFP: Maduro Foe Is ‘Blueblood, Child Of Privilege’

From the Agence France Presse:

Leopoldo Lopez: Venezuela blueblood, ardent Maduro foe

By Patricia CLAREMBAUX | February 18, 2014

Caracas (AFP) – Leopoldo Lopez Mendoza, a Harvard-trained politician and ardent opponent of Venezuela’s socialist government, is seen by enemies and supporters alike as the face of recent street protests against the regime.

A former mayor of the wealthy Chacao borough of Caracas, Lopez has been targeted as public enemy number one by the government as it hits back against the latest round of high- stakes protests called for Tuesday.

Blessed with matinee-idol good looks and an easy smile, Lopez, 42, has a strong following in parts of Venezuela, winning his past elections by comfortable, and even overwhelming margins.

He has a long history of activism in the country’s anti-socialist opposition, having been at the forefront of demonstrators in April 2002 that led to the coup that briefly ousted then President Hugo Chavez from power.

A child of privilege, Lopez was schooled largely in the United States, first at the elite Kenyon College in Ohio, before getting a master’s degree at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

A political blue-blood, he is said to trace his lineage back to the country’s first president Cristobal Mendoza, and reportedly also boasts blood lines to South American independence hero Simon Bolivar.

It sure seems like the AFP is trying to vilify Mr. Lopez. They call him a "blueblood" and "a child of privilege," and point out that he attended an elite private college in the US and graduate school at Harvard.

But isn’t that also true of Barack Obama, and the AFP considers him to be a champion of the poor?

Mendoza is known as being impulsive and ambitious — a dangerous combination of personal attributes for the current charisma-challenged President Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s handpicked successor.

That also sounds like Mr. Obama.

The Maduro government is grappling with angry student protests orchestrated by Lopez that began in the interior of the oil-rich country and boiled over last week in street clashes in Caracas that left three dead.

Maduro’s regime has issued a warrant for his arrest, but Lopez — who has been underground for the past several days — emerged, undaunted, at Tuesday’s demonstration to cheers of protesters…

His staunch opposition to the government dates back to the regime of late firebrand president Hugo Chavez, who in 2011 barred him from holding political office for three years.

It was the second period of political banishment for Lopez: The government also accused him of influence peddling while working in 1998 as a manager at the Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) state oil company, and in 2008 barred him from holding public office for one year.

Lopez served two terms as mayor of Chacao from 2000 to 2008. During that time he was dogged by corruption allegations and charges that he had misappropriated public funds. He has rejected all the charges against him as political persecution by the Chavez regime

We don’t get what all the fuss is about. Why doesn’t Maduro just sic his tax collectors on Lopez? That’s the easiest way to shut people up.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AFP: Maduro Foe Is ‘Blueblood, Child Of Privilege’”

  1. The Stupid is Strong with these people ..




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