Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement in response to the 13 year prison sentence handed down to Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López:

“The corrupt and dictatorial government of Nicolás Maduro has crippled the Venezuelan economy and brutally cracked down on dissenting voices. Leopoldo López has been convicted after an embarrassing show trial; Maduro is using the machinery of the state to silence voices of freedom.  Maduro may try to silence the cries of his people, but the United States must stand with the people of Venezuela who are fighting against a corrupt government.”?