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Rodolfo Barra defended himself against accusations of his Nazi past: "Many at that adolescent age do crazy things and I had to do this crazy thing"

2023-12-01T23:08:08.127Z

Highlights: Rodolfo Barra defended himself against accusations of his Nazi past: "Many at that adolescent age do crazy things and I had to do this crazy thing". Appointed by Javier Milei as Treasury Attorney, Carlos Menem's former justice minister explained his resignation because of hisNazi past. Criticism of Barra by organizations and political leaders.. Deputy Minister of Public Works with Roberto Dromi; Deputy minister of the Interior under Julio Mera Figueroa. Judge of the Supreme Court of Justice, constituent convention in the Assembly that reformed the Constitution.


Appointed by Javier Milei as Treasury Attorney, Carlos Menem's former justice minister explained his resignation because of his Nazi past. Criticism of Barra by organizations and political leaders.


Deputy Minister of Public Works with Roberto Dromi; Deputy Minister of the Interior under Julio Mera Figueroa; Judge of the Supreme Court of Justice, constituent convention in the Assembly that reformed the Constitution in 1994, Rodolfo Carlos Barra resigned as Minister of Justice when his past Nazi edge was discovered and this Friday he was appointed by Javier Milei as Treasury Attorney and gave explanations for his past.

In July 1996, Noticias magazine published Barra's youth militancy in the ultra-right nationalist organization Tacuara and he resigned from the Ministry of Justice. That controversy was revived this Friday and Barra justified that militancy.

"I was 15 years old, 16, I was a teenager, the adolescent suffers, lacks maturity, knowledge. A lot of people at that adolescent age do crazy things and I had to do this crazy thing. Others, at an older age, were terrorists," Barra said in an interview with LN+.

Criticism of Barra's appointment by organizations and political leaders

Organizations and political leaders expressed their rejection of the appointment of Rodolfo Barra as Treasury Attorney General and described as "inadmissible" the links that the future official forged during his youth with the Tacuara Nationalist Movement, close to Nazism.

In a statement, the Argentine Forum Against Anti-Semitism - made up of leaders of Juntos por el Cambio and journalists - rejected the appointment, saying that it is "inadmissible that a person with a background linked to the Tacuara Nationalist Movement, with tendencies close to Nazism, be appointed" to the Attorney General's Office.

"We consider this election as a direct affront to the democratic and pluralistic spirit of our country," they stressed and demanded "in a forceful way the reconsideration of the designation."

The JxC deputy and president of the Forum, Maximiliano Ferraro, shared the document on his social networks, adding his rejection of the appointment of the former minister of the Supreme Court during the administration of Carlos Menem and former head of Justice of that same government.

Claudio Avruj, former secretary of Human Rights during the Macri regime and honorary president of the Museum of the Shoah, warned that the appointment of Barra as attorney general "does not do democracy any good."

"We must always have memory," he stressed and included in his message the DAIA Argentina, an organization that until this afternoon had not made a public statement.

From the Civil Association Memoria Activa they recalled Barra's "Nazi past" with the cover of the magazine Noticias published in 1996 with the photograph denouncing "the then Minister of Justice" of former President Carlos Menem and asking for "his resignation for his participation in Nazi organizations and acts."

"Today, almost 28 years later, impunity is repeated and so is our claim: we express our absolute rejection of the appointment of Rodolfo Barra as Treasury Attorney," the organization stressed.

Agustín Rombolá, president of the radical youth of CABA, listed some of Barra's facts such as that he was "a member of the Nazi group Tacuara," that he was part of the UBA intervention where there were "eleven students killed and four disappeared" and a member of the Menem Supreme Court of Justice that implemented the Gag Law, a project that limited freedom of the press.

"I mean, let's say: sexist, conservative, Nazi and fascist. Perfect for this government," Rombolá said.

For his part, Left Front (FIT-U) legislator Gabriel Solano quoted Barra when he said in the 90s, "If I was a Nazi, I regret it," when he had to resign from his post when his links with Nazi organizations became known.

"These are the anti-Semitic Nazis who are friends of Israel and friends of Israel," Solano said.

Meanwhile, Diana Maffía, Director of the Observatory of Gender in Justice of the Council of the Magistracy of the City of Buenos Aires, said that "feminists remember very well Rodolfo Barra, Menem's Minister of Justice, who in the Constitutional Reform of 1994 tried to put an explicit clause prohibiting abortion."

"It was prevented by the women of all the parties who were participating for the first time under the Quota Law," she recalled.

The elected national deputy of the FIT-U, Nestor Pitrola, added that "the new Attorney General, a former Menem court, is with the Zionist State and with Milei."

"There is no anti-Semite among those of us who defend the rights of the Palestinian people, victims of systematic genocide," he added.

With information from the Télam Agency

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Source: clarin

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