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However, he is unconcerned with Mr. Chavez’s reaction to a new development that is bringing him more attention abroad and more disdain from government supporters at home.
Yon Goicoechea is the winner of a $500,000 award from the Washington-based Cato Institute for his work to promote freedom in the South American nation.
“We hope the Friedman Prize will help further his nonviolent advocacy for basic freedoms in an increasingly militaristic and anti-democratic Venezuela.”
In Caracas, Mr. Goicoechea told the Associated Press that he will use the money to advance a pro-democracy youth movement throughout Latin America.
“I see it as a collective prize,” he said of the award. “The prize is being given to me, but it’s being given to me as a representative of something much bigger.”
The 23-year-old leader of the student movement helped to mobilize hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans last year to defeat Mr. Chavez’s plans in expanding his presidential powers. Mr. Chavez denounced the students as “mama’s boys” and “fascists.”
The prize, named after the late free-market economist Milton Friedman, will be presented to Mr. Goicoechea at a banquet May 15 in New York.
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The Foreign Ministry summonedJonathan Moore, the charge d’affaires, on Wednesday to present him with the latest demand for a reduction in embassy personnel. Belarus ordered the embassy to reduce its staff to 17 from 32 in March, when it also pressured Ambassador Karen Stewart into returning to Washington.
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