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In response to The New York Times editorial Chargé d?Affaires Maximilien Sanchez Arvelaiz
10/01/2014 - 2.32 PM

To the Editor:

Venezuela’s Crackdown on Opposition” (editorial, Sept. 21) Does not present a fair picture of recent events in Venezuela.

The editorial accuses the Venezuelan authorities of persecuting political leaders and in particular jailing Leopoldo López for his role in instigating protests earlier this year. Most of these protests — which called for the extraconstitutional removal of the government — were violent and led to over 40 deaths, including people who were killed when attempting to cross or remove protesters’ barricades.

These protests were rejected by the majority of Venezuelans because they believe
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