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Paraguay - Culture: Camilo Soares Machado



Paraguay - Culture: Camilo Soares Machado
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.35

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     challenging words:    coup, democracy, constitutional, knowledgeable, demonstration, expansion, emergence, establishment, civil, commander, democratic, improve, leader, political, government, people
     content words:    In Paraguay, Camilo Soares Machado, Juan Carlos Wasmosy, General Lino Oviedo, President Wasmosy, Camilo Soares, Youth Have Given Us, General Oviedo


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Paraguay - Culture: Camilo Soares Machado
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Do people ever tell you that you are too young to do things? Do they sometimes say you are too young to understand other things? In Paraguay, half of the people are under 15 years old, so it is important for young people to be very knowledgeable about their country. Working together, young people have done much to improve their country. Led by Camilo Soares Machado, they once even prevented a coup!
 
2     In April 1996, Paraguay's president, Juan Carlos Wasmosy, dismissed army commander General Lino Oviedo for breaking the law. Many people believed that Oviedo's supporters would try to take over the government. Suddenly, it seemed that all the progress that had been made in constitutional reforms, the expansion of civil liberties, the emergence of citizens' organizations, and the birth of new political parties could be wiped out in a matter of hours. No one knew what to do. Everyone wanted to hide. President Wasmosy went to the U.S. government for protection.
 
3     The young people of Paraguay knew they had to do something. Camilo Soares, who had been active in the youth movement since he was 15, was their leader. He put ads in newspapers asking young people to come out into the streets of Asuncion to show that they wanted to live in a free, democratic country.

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