|Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López Mendoza in prison|
|Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López Mendoza on day of his arrest|
"Still jailed for being committed body and soul to achieve the best Venezuela, something that only in a dictatorship could be considered a crime. I have always known that my freedom is tied to the freedom of our people and it won't be a court of this dictatorship that will grant it.
I presented myself before unfair justice to expose a dictatorship in front of the people of Venezuela and the world. And we have achieved more than that.
Our worst enemies are not Maduro or his corrupt elite. They are hopelessness, sadness and pessimism, and the dictatorship knows it. But the dictatorship is wrong if it thinks it can break our fighting spirit, as it is in thinking it can make Venezuelans bow down before it.
Venezuelans do not grieve or be frustrated! I swear I am not. We must convert all our indignation into action and mobilization. At this moment, the solidarity that I ask of you is with the country we love: lets go out with all our strength on September 1st. All dressed in white and in peace we will demonstrate that we are millions and we will go out to conquer our right to recall the government in 2016.
Do not get tired I never will. The change is near and it is unstoppable. Strength, Strength and Faith, Venezuela!"