Minister: measures of the future Uruguayan government are the “worst” of neoliberalism

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MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) – The package of measures of the future Government of Uruguay, led by Luis Lacalle Pou and formed by a center-right coalition that will assume on March 1, is the “worst” of neoliberalism and will mark a milestone in the history of The country’s recoil, Defense Minister Jose Bayardi told Sputnik.

“I think it is a regressive proposal in criminal procedural law; in addition, it is the worst thing about neoliberal fundamentalism in what has to do with the area of ​​the economy,” Bayardi told the agency.

The coalition of center-right parties that support President-elect Luis Lacalle Pou presented a bill of urgent consideration this month with 457 articles that modify aspects of security, education, economy, public companies and labor relations, among others.
The proposal generated rejection of social movements and the still ruling Frente Amplio (left), which indicate that it implies a setback in various areas.
On the other hand, Bayardi considered to this agency that this law “follows the most absolute neoliberal doctrinalism”, which did not show anywhere in the world to give results.

“The consequences of the neoliberal policies that are within the law are now questioned in Europe itself; they continue to insist with that that the only thing that has led is a very important prejudice to societies; with this law there will be in history a period called the backward movement of Luis, I tell Luis because he did not want to be called by Lacalle during his campaign, “said the minister.

On February 14, different analysts argued to Sputnik that the law of urgent consideration could generate a greater social conflict that could trigger protests such as those observed in South America during the past year.

From the Frente Amplio and some social organizations it is questioned that the law of urgent consideration restricts the right to strike, limits collective bargaining, “criminalizes social protest” and demonopolizes the importation, exportation and refining of fuels.

Contradictions about the recent past

The future government has contradictions regarding the search for missing detainees and the military civic dictatorship (1973-1985), said José Bayardi.

“I think it is a government that will be subject to contradictions; in the coalition there are sectors that were supporters of impunity and sectors that were in another position on the issue of human rights,” he said.
A few days ago, the future undersecretary of National Defense Rivera Elgue told La Diaria that if the Armed Forces “had acted badly” in dictatorship “there would have to be many more disappeared.”
On Monday, the designated secretary of the Presidency Álvaro Delgado said that neither he nor Lacalle Pou agreed with the vision expressed by Elgue.

For its part, Bayardi told this agency that these statements show that there is a “tension” in the coalition of the elected government, as there are different positions on the recent past.

He also recalled that the Governments of the National Party (center right) and the Colorado Party (center right), which make up the coalition of the future Government, “did little” to move forward in the search for missing detainees, except for the administration of Jorge Batlle ( 2000-2005) when he promoted the Commission for Peace.

“It was clear that during those governments all claims of human rights lawsuits were dropped into impunity and military units were not entered for more information to boost the search for missing detainees; that is the background of the past, now I do not want to express myself in what is going to happen; they said that they will continue with the search, I do not have to doubt the will of those who declared it, “he added.
On the other hand, Bayardi said he “absolutely rejected” Elgue’s sayings.
“That there is only one missing detainee should be considered an inadmissible fact, the Armed Forces not only acted badly for the disappeared but also acted badly for violations of human rights and the Constitution,” he added.

He said it is worrisome that a future undersecretary does not make a proper evaluation of history, because it condemns future generations to repeat the same circumstances.

“I worry that it is said, but I am more concerned that it is thought,” he said of Elgue’s statements.

In Uruguay, 192 people remain missing, according to data from the Secretariat of Human Rights for the Recent Past.

In Uruguay, there are 307 cases brought to justice for torture, deprivation of liberty, forced disappearance, illegitimate detention, kidnappings and threats allegedly committed between 1972, shortly before the coup, and 1978.

However, only three percent of the complaints ended in a sentence, which means that 97 percent of the cases are not resolved, says the Luz Ibarburu Observatory.

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