Lopez’s comments came after security forces raided his home and that of his parents over the weekend, seeking to serve the arrest order. Lopez was not at either residence when the officials arrived about midnight to the sound of banging pots and pans by neighbors protesting what they consider an arbitrary detention order.
The raids capped another night of protests during which security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a group of about 500 students who vowed to remain on the streets until all arrested anti-government demonstrators are released.
More protests took place on Sunday, and authorities said 18 people were injured.
Lopez is the most prominent of a group of opposition hardliners who are challenging two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles for leadership of the anti-government movement.