December 4, 2013
Tucumán provinceSunday, October 6, 2013
Rights groups want Bussi out of the campaign
Human rights organizations filed a complaint before Tucumán’s electoral justice because of the TV spot broadcast by Fuerza Repu-blicana shows and defends late former governor and convicted military Antonio Bussi.
In the complaint, they said they felt “insulted” due to the images on campaign spots and posters, which are accompanied by the inscription, “Let’s go back to that.”
In 2008, Bussi was sentenced for having committed crimes against humanity in Tucumán province during the dictatorship that ruled the country between 1976 and 1983. In fact, Bussi also participated in the repression in that Northern province before the military coup occurred on March 24,1976, during the so-called Independence Operation.
When democracy returned to the country, he was twice elected governor and he is remembered for having created the Fuerza Repu-blicana party. Now his son, Ricardo Bussi, is heading the Fuerza Republicana ticket for the Lower House of the national Congress.
“We cannot justify nor tolerate that in a democratic and rule of law system like the ones our nation has been constructing for the last thirty years, a candidate can expose, in this particular electoral background, images that are part of ‘hate crimes’ as the one suffered by the victims of the dictatorial state terrorism,” said some human rights organizations led by HIJOS, a group that gathers children of disappeared parents.
The activists demanded that the spot is taken out of circulation. The petition was filed before the Tucumán’s national electoral court, formed by judges Ricardo San Juan, Daniel Bejas and Antonio Estofán.
Herald with DyN