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'I won't let fear stop me': A Venezuelan opposition leader fights on against an embattled president

'I won't let fear stop me': A Venezuelan opposition leader fights on against an embattled president

Hasler Iglesias clearly remembers the day he became a student militant, when at age 15 he joined a demonstration at his Caracas high school against the closing of RCTV, one of the last independent broadcast stations in Venezuela. In an increasingly repressive climate, antigovernment opinions could still be aired there.

But the protests at his school and in streets across Venezuela didn’t have much effect. Then-President Hugo Chavez denied the station a broadcast license and it went dark for good in 2010. But the experience left an indelible mark on Iglesias, proving that a little leadership could galvanize a group to action.

“In my high school, we organized protests because we...

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