The Words of Yon Goicoechea

Yon Goicoechea’s leadership of the Venezuelan student movement has mobilized and inspired millions of Venezuelans. The following quotes are from Goicoechea, cited from news articles and speeches.

“This is not a war of left and right. We believe that Venezuela has to have democracy. Democracy means respect. Democracy means free expression. Democracy means saying what you want without repression.”
The Washington Post - December 2, 2007

“Like Martin Luther King, we do not fight against a man, we fight for the vindication of civil and human rights for everyone in Venezuela…Our objective will not be met in a month or in a year, so we have to prepare for the long struggle that awaits us.”
The New York Times – December 30, 2007

“I believe in my country. I believe in the youth of my country… and I believe in the possibility of democracy in Venezuela that includes both sides… Venezuela as a country cannot be defined just by Hugo Chavez.”
The Cato Institute - March 12, 2008

“We have to fight for our future, for our rights. If we don’t fight for our freedoms, we won’t be able to take part in a democratic Venezuela in the future.”
BBC News - December 2, 2007

“We have generated a consciousness in the youth that doesn’t depend on me. I could be dead or living in another county and it would go on. We have already won the future.”
The Wall Street Journal - March 17, 2008

“We will have a true revolution in Venezuela when we have strong, liberal institutions that defend the rights of the people.”
The Wall Street Journal - March 17, 2008

“We believe in exhausting the democratic options available to us through peaceful action. We want social transformation, not a coup.”
The New York Times - November 10, 2007

“We are not trying to destabilize the country. We are just trying to make our voice heard.”
Chicago Tribune - June 27, 2007

“We have come to tell the ombudsman that there are 182 jailed students who were imprisoned because they were protesting on the streets in favor of Venezuelan democracy… The students of Venezuela are standing up for civil rights that have taken centuries to build… the cry from the students is peaceful.”
Human Rights Foundation - May 30, 2007