US senator calls for release of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López

Democrat Robert Menéndez, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made an appeal to the international community on Wednesday to condemn the incarceration of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, detained on Tuesday.

"I call on the international community to join me in condemning the unjust imprisonment of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and the ongoing political persecution of María Corina Machado, Carlos Vecchio and other members of the country's political opposition," Menéndez noted in a statement issued during a visit in Colombia.