Former President Mauricio Macri, other opposition leaders and the Delegation of Argentine Israelite Associations (DAIA) questioned this Sunday a journalistic note that was published in the newspaper Página / 12 that relates the Buenos Aires Minister of Education, Soledad Acuña, with the Nazi hierarch Erich Priebke.
The note that reached the cover of the newspaper bears the title “Bad Education” and puts the focus on the German Bariloche Primo Caprano school that Acuña attended, and which for years was led by the former captain of the SS Central Security Office.
“Shameful. This cover and this story have nothing to do with journalism and harm democracy, “the former president wrote on his Twitter account and added his” solidarity and support for the minister. ”
From the DAIA they warned in a statement that the article “is intended to associate his speech (that of Soledad Acuña) with his schooling at the German School in Bariloche, run by a cultural association to which Priebke belonged.”
“When we read the title, the news impacts in a way, but when reading the note, everything is forced. It’s wrong to twist interpretations. It is wrong to force arguments. It is wrong because if those efforts are needed to found positions we empty ourselves of foundations, “they questioned.
And they remarked that what the minister said about teachers in recent days “may not like it, or for others it may be adjusted, but we will not equip or force these wild duels between some using the ‘Nazi’ for everything.”
The head of the Buenos Aires government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, also expressed himself on Twitter: “I always defend and will defend freedom of expression and the exchange of ideas. But democratic politics has nothing to do with personal and fallacious attacks.”
“All my support and that of our team for Soledad Acuña, a minister whose only priority is to provide more and better education for all the boys and girls of the City of Buenos Aires,” he remarked.
For her part, the president of PRO and former Minister of Security, Patricia Bullrich, considered that the objective of the note “is to feed the story to deepen the division of Argentines” and added that “the cover of Page 12 offends not only the minister, but all Argentines. “
“You cannot build a future with violence and indoctrination. It would be good for the ruling party to repudiate these practices,” he emphasized in the message he posted on Twitter.
The deputy head of the Buenos Aires Government, Diego Santilli, also added to the criticism, who argued that “linking Acuña with one of the saddest and most tragic stages in history is unacceptable.”
“My total repudiation of this forced accusation, which does not build and affects who I consider a great person, an excellent civil servant and responsible for an impeccable management,” he said.
It was not the only voice of the City that joined in the repudiation of the Pagina / 12 note. The Chief of Staff, Felipe Miguel, made a count of the works that Acuña carried out during his tenure. “54 new public schools, 9 thousand new vacancies, 8 Educational Poles, Secondary School of the Future, Digital Education from room 5”, he listed. And then he gave strong support to the Buenos Aires Minister of Education. “While some are in charge of reinventing the past, in the City we are in charge of building the future. All my support and support for @Soledad_Acunia,” he closed.
Meanwhile, the president of the ARI Civic Coalition, Maximiliano Ferraro, described it as “regrettable and sad cover of Page 12”, at the same time that he thought that the note “trivializes Nazism” from “a fascist and reprehensible attitude that they hide under freedom of expression and information “.
“We repudiate the cover of Página 12, an offense not only to the minister but to all Argentines,” added Deputy Graciela Ocaña.
This note comes after the strong controversy generated by statements by Acuña that went viral on social networks, in which he called to “report” when there are acts of “indoctrination” in schools.
“The root of what is over-ideologized and political militancy in the classrooms is in teacher training, it is in how we teach what a teacher is, in the profile that is defined on what it is to be a teacher,” the Buenos Aires Minister of Education had stated in a talk he had with the politician and journalist Fernando Iglesias.