Lopez was transferred to a military prison on Tuesday.
Both leaders have called on Venezuelans to join protests against President Nicolas Maduro.
This is morally indefensible.
Venezuela’s population has been dealing with severe medical and food shortages for the past few years. Hell broke loose after a ruling by the Supreme Court stripped congress of it’s powers. The political crisis sparked major protests throughout the country and it looks like there’s no end in sight to the Violence.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- With his rejection of this law, President Maduro has denied any hope for peace, justice and reconciliation in Venezuela. It is clear he sees no need to respect his country's democratic institutions. As Venezuela falls deeper into its humanitarian and economic crisis, we expect Maduro to continue to disregard the autonomy of Venezuela's branches of government in order to maintain power.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The people of Venezuela are fighting the impunity and the oppression of the Maduro regime, but it is not a fight we can win on our own. We ask that all countries that value freedom, democracy and human dignity stand with us.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- In the span of a few hours the 17-year stranglehold of an opprobrious regime on Venezuelan voters was broken, democracy could breathe again, tears were shed, flags waved and in the land of Bolívar the tide of history turned. Things will not be transformed overnight, but they will never be the same again in Venezuela or Latin America: change has come and it is here to stay.
Venezuela's opposition denounced the sentencing in harsh terms.
LA PAZ - In all likelihood, Venezuela will produce another mythical figure: Leopoldo Lopez, the movie star-handsome, Harvard-educated son of privilege, who chose to dedicate his life to public service in his home country. He clearly had passion to serve and steel in his spine, so his potentially comfortable life turned out to be rather different than expected. History beckoned.
"My husband, Leopoldo Lopez, is in prison for saying what all of Venezuela wanted to hear."
While Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López remains behind bars as he awaits the July 23 start of his trial, his family has worked not only to get him released, but also to highlight the government's attempts to punish him for speaking out about the country's economic and political turmoil.
The Venezuelan opposition stands on brittle ice. Their following, once united under MUD's umbrella and carried on Henrique Capriles's back, may find itself disbanded if the protests end without any results. Meanwhile, a colossal economic crisis lurks around the corner.