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Trudeau Welcomes Venezuelan Opposition Leader Tintori to Demand Freedom for Political Prisoners

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - May 17, 2017, 10:35 am
Trudeau Welcomes Venezuelan Opposition Leader Tintori to Demand Freedom for Political Prisoners
Lilian Tintori has been on tour with the intention of spreading awareness about the harsh repression protestors are undergoing in Venezuela. (Twitter)

EspañolLilian Tintori, wife of Venezuelan political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez, met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday, May 16, to discuss the country’s political crisis and request assistance in freeing the political prisoners of dictator Nicolás Maduro.

“I told Justin Trudeau that we have been protesting peacefully for 46 days, and how Maduro gives orders to repress Venezuelans who want a better country,” she wrote on her Twitter. “I told him that Maduro does not respect democracy, that he has initiated two coups d’état.”

Tweet: I told @JustinTrudeay that Maduro does not respect democracy, he started two coups d’état and now wants to use a false constituency.

According to Tintori, the Canadian Prime Minister “listened attentively to the cruel treatment of Leopoldo Lopez and other Venezuelan political prisoners.”

She told Justin Trudeau that they have killed 51 people during the protests because the dictatorship’s order is to shoot without mercy.”

She also told the story of Diego Arellano, 31, who died while protesting peacefully May 16 in San Antonio, Miranda.

“I spoke with Lilian Tintori about the democratic crisis in Venezuela and Canada’s call on the government to release political prisoners,” Trudeau tweeted afterward.

Tintori has been on tour throughout the region with the intention of raising awareness about the harsh repression Venezuelans suffer at the hands of Maduro’s dictatorship, especially when protesting in the streets.

At the meeting with Justin Trudeau, Tintori was accompanied by Antonieta Lopez, the mother of Leopoldo Lopez.

She also met with officials of the Canadian Senate and human rights defenders.

Tweet: From Canada: Leader in the defense of human rights supports our fight for our rights #Venezuela.

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Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.