July 23, 2014
Macri says 'end of story' for Duran Barba's Hitler comments
Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri decided to put a "full stop" to the controversy that aroused when his campaign consultant Jaime Duran Barba made some at leat unfortunate comments about Adolph Hitler.
“A spectacular guy”, the Ecuadorian had said about the founder of the Nazi party in an interview with a magazine prompting strong condemnation from social, political and religious leaders.
“It is an issue that is already over”, Macri told reporters after attending the presentation of a book by ravine Sergio Bergman, elected to Congress in October’s midterms under Macri’s PRO party ballot.
One of the first voices to react against Duran Barba’s statements was the head of the Wiesenthal Centre’s Sergio Widder who considered Macri’s political advisor “should step aside” as he showed "an absolute disdain for victims of Nazism."
Meanwhile, the DAIA Jewish community association President Julio Schlosser said that he was "concerned" although he did not know whether Barba’s words were taken out of context. “I can’t foresee any context that would be favourable for this statement,” he added.
Back on Tuesday, the National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism (INADI) urged Jaime Duran Barba to explain his remarks and announced it was evaluating whether to file a criminal complaint against him for what may classify as “racist propaganda or defence of Nazis.”