Culture secretary fired for nazi apologism after pressure from society
According to organizations, the dismissal is insufficient and the statement only confirms the position of high-ranking members of the Bolsonaro government
DISMISSAL IS NOT ENOUGH, NAZI APOLOGISM IS INTOLERABLE
On Friday, January 17, Culture Secretary Roberto Alvim was fired after issuing a statement released on Thursday the 16th. In an institutional video, Alvim paraphrased passages of a speech by Joseph Goebbels, the Minister of Propaganda under Hitler.
In response, more than forty civil society organizations described the statement as “intolerable” and stressed that this was not just an individual position of the former secretary, but instead one held by a significant number of the high-ranking members of the current government. Tributes to torturers, human rights violators and authoritarian regimes have occurred frequently.
Given this context, the organizations affirm that this dismissal is insufficient. “It’s not enough that the Culture Secretary has been fired. It is essential that the body of ministers and secretaries are chosen based on the underlying principle of commitment to Brazilian democracy,” they argue.