Yon Goicoechea (born 1984) is a Venezuelan lawyer, graduated from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and active in the opposition to the government of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez. Goicoechea was one of the main organizers of the Movimiento estudiantil venezolano (Venezuelan Student Movement) cited as a key factor in the rejection of Chavez's proposed constitutional changes in the December 2007 Venezuelan constitutional referendum.
After receiving the Milton Friedman Prize, Goicoechea has experienced harassment in Venezuela including suffering a broken nose in a scuffle. State-run television has depicted him in a cartoon stamped with the words "Made in USA" clutching wads of cash. Death threats have forced him to move between various friends' homes to find a safe place to sleep. President Chávez has called the Goicoechea-led student movement, a "fascist attack".
- Associated Press (April 23, 2008). "Student wins $500,000 for challenging Chavez". MSNBC.
- "Venezuelan Student Movement Leader Awarded $500,000 Milton Friedman Liberty Prize". Cato Institute.
- James, Ian (May 27, 2008). "Venezuela targets student". The Washington Times.
- Romero, Simon (November 10, 2007). "Students Emerge as a Leading Force Against Chávez". New York Times.
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