Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Chile’s Minister of Culture Resigns After Four days on the Job

Mauricio Rojas, Chile’s Minister of Culture, has resigned from his post just four days into the job.

Rojas’ resignation came to be as a result of comments he made in 2015 that were interpreted as questioning the validity of the Museum of History and Human Rights in Santiago. The Museum was opened in 2010 by the then president Michelle Bachelet to serve as a reminder to people of the crimes and abuses committed during the years of military government, from 1973 to 1990.

In a book published in 2015, Rojas is quoted as saying the aim of the museum is to astonish and prevent visitors from reasoning.

“It’s a shameless and inaccurate use of a national tragedy that touched so many of us directly,” he said.

Over the weekend, Rojas suffered a backlash for the comments he made and was eventually forced to resign.

The Chilean President, Sebastian Piñera, said he accepted his resignation for the good functioning of the government.

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