Chilean television host expels a lawyer for denying violation of rights in the Pinochet dictatorshipDec 022019
"No, I am affirming that what I am saying is the historical truth, the writing. And if it bothers me that I am here because I said this, I am leaving," said Hermogenes Pérez de Arce during a television debate.
Chilean television lived a moment of tension when the journalist, lawyer and politician Hermogenes Pérez de Arce was expelled live after making a defense of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and denying that during that period there was a systematic violation of the fundamental rights of the citizenship.
It all started when Pérez de Arce was part of the political panel of the program 'Welcome', of the television channel Channel 13, while discussing the situation of social instability that the country is experiencing, and the ex-deputy said: "The human rights now, the important thing is to rebuild the country, because crime is devastating the country. "
The argument of the lawyer, current militant of the far-right National Force party, resulted in a debate about the repression of the military regime that Chile lived in the past, which the lawyer denied. "You cannot share the television space with a person who is denying part of the history of Chile," said the program's host, Tonka Tomicic. "No, I am affirming that what I am saying is the historical truth, what is written. And if it bothers me that I am here because I said this, I am leaving," the ex-politician replied.
Conductora de televisión chilena cruza a un abogado que reivindica la dictadura. Esto expresa un cambio de época, sin dudas. pic.twitter.com/3Gsf8DA7xL— Augusto Taglioni (@TaglioniAugusto) 1 de diciembre de 2019
At that time the indignation of the rest of the guests was lifted and one of them said that his father had been "systematically tortured in dictatorship", to which Pérez de Arce argued that this violation of rights "was not systematic."
At that moment of the debate, Tomicic took the floor again to say: "I want to ask you please if you can retire, I'm sorry," to which Pérez de Arce replied: "Of course, how can I not retire if I am censored, I cannot express my opinion here and my opinion is disqualified in terms that are insolent and unfair, so I withdraw. "
The driver replied that she had been asked to retire earlier and concluded by saying: "Excuse me if I have committed an outrage at the canal level, but I think this is very painful for Chile. I did not live the dictatorship like you, but it is part of the story. of the country, we cannot allow our history to be denied, we have to make it alive day by day, because we do not want to fall into the mistakes of the past. "
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