“Mussolini and Hitler were good at transporting millions of people to death in the extermination camps”, the energetic comment of Jo-Marie Burt of George Mason University

Aníbal Torres, head of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.  Photo: andean.
Aníbal Torres, head of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Photo: andean.

The head of the cabinet of the government of Pedro Castillo, Hannibal Torresraised a wave of repudiation citing Adolf Hitler as a model in Nazi Germany’s highway construction program.

“I’ll give you an example: Italy and Germany were just like us. But on one occasion, Adolf Hitler visits northern Italy as well [Benito] Mussolini shows him a highway built from Milan to Brescia “Torres said.

“Hitler saw it, went to his country and filled it with highways and airports and made Germany the first economic power in the world”Torres added during the decentralized council of ministers this Thursday in the city of Huancayo, which Castillo later joined.

Controversial speech by Aníbal Torres in Huancayo | VIDEO: Channel N

The Professor of Latin American Studies at George Mason University, Dr. Jo-Marie Burthe pronounced, joining the absolute rejection of politicians, historians and the population in general.

“And just when you thought that things in Peru couldn’t get any more surreal, the Prime Minister refers to Mussolini and Hitler as infrastructure development models. They were particularly good at building trains that carried millions of people to death in the death camps. “he stated on Twitter.

Tweet from Jo-Marie Burt, Professor of Latin American Studies at George Mason University
Tweet from Jo-Marie Burt, Professor of Latin American Studies at George Mason University

The German and Israeli embassies in Lima also spoke out and rejected Torres’ claims.who had to go out to apologize hours later.

“Hitler was a fascist and genocidal dictator, in whose name Germany waged the worst war of all time and a genocide of 6 million Jews was committed. Faced with this scenario, Hitler is not a suitable reference as an example of any kind.the German legation said on its Facebook page.

The Israeli embassy has said that the Mussolini and Hitler regimes are not examples of prosperity or progress.

“We regret that the Peruvian political discourse includes references such as Hitler and Mussolini as an example of prosperity. Regimes of death and terror cannot be a sign of progress “He shared on his Twitter account.

Hours later, at the end of the cabinet session and in the presence of Castillo, Torres apologized again: “To the ambassador of Israel, if I have offended him, I apologize and we will talk about it personally.”

“If we had put Germany’s progress in communication channels as an example, it is a fact. This does not mean that Adolf Hitler is not considered a great criminal.He added.

diaries like The Guardian and the Washington Post he also responded to these unfortunate claims

“The Peruvian Prime Minister’s Praise for Hitler Triggers a Wave of Protests”relationships The Guardian on its web page. For its part, The Washington Post indicate on your portal “The Prime Minister of Peru cites Hitler as a model, causes indignation”.

The Washington Post takes a stand on the statements of Aníbal Torres
The Washington Post takes a stand on the statements of Aníbal Torres
Guardian report on statements by Aníbal Torres
Guardian report on statements by Aníbal Torres

The head of the Congress of Peru, Maria del Carmen Alvahe tweeted indignantly that “what Prime Minister Aníbal Torres said, praising Hitler’s genocide, has offended thousands of Peruvians.”

“It is a pity that Prime Minister Aníbal Torres cites as an example a fascist and genocidal like Hitler, now we understand where the wrong measures come from [del gobierno] such as the lack of “daytime” curfew decreed on Tuesday in Lima “the pro-government legislator Alex Flores said on the same social network.

“We would have preferred it not to refer to Hitler’s merits. It is nonsense that offends the six million victims of the Jewish genocide, “said Fernando Carvallo, morning host of the RPP channel and radio.

It’s not the first time in his two months in office that Torres, a 79-year-old lawyer, cites Hitler, as in March he compared jailed former president Alberto Fujimori to the Nazi leader, saying “no one is judged for their good deeds. , he is judged for bad deeds ».

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