St. Augustine, FL – In response to the recent protests in Venezuela and the subsequent crackdown by the government, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statement:

"The corrupting effects of socialism have destroyed the Venezuelan economy and have limited freedom and opportunity for her people. I condemn President Maduro for the violent suppression of peaceful protests, a technique of repression that he learned from his mentors in the Castro regime. Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right, and I stand with the people of Venezuela as they work to create a better future.”?