On Saturday, Claudio Avruj joined Macri’s support for the Libertad Avanza formula. He did so via Twitter, becoming the first Secretary of Human Rights to say he would vote for denialist candidates who claim state terrorism.
“They are days of much thought. It is an uncomfortable position that Argentina has put me in these elections. But I cannot be neutral. I cannot vote for Massa. He represents Kirchnerism, and they agreed. with in Iran. The same one that planted two bombs on us and the one with Hamas today,” he wrote on Twitter.
Fueron días de mucho pensar. No es una posición cómoda la que Argentina me pone en estas elecciones. Pero no seré neutral. No puedo votar a Massa. Representa el kirchenrismo, y son ellos quienes pactaron con Irán. El mismo que nos puso dos bombas y el que hoy está con Hamas.
— Claudio Avruj (@clauavruj) October 28, 2023
He added that Javier Milei was separated by “an infinite number of things that I said in public, but I know that many of his proposals can be neutralized if the National Congress acts with seriousness and responsibility. The depravity of the country has the K seal and I know it will deepen. “We see it every day.”
He emphasized that he has supported the political project of Mauricio Macri since 2003, and that he chose to accompany Patricia Bullrich “with conviction”, something that “I will continue to do in this new chapter.” He concluded by saying “I will not leave him because I recognize his leadership and courage in these times.”
The former officer’s X thread contained falsehoods about the Hamas position. Both President Alberto Fernández and Sergio Massa rejected the Hamas attack. In fact, the presidential candidate of Unión por la Patria announced in the second presidential debate, when Milei asked, the intention to classify Hamas as a terrorist organization.
Avruj held the Human Rights Secretariat throughout Macri’s mandate, between 2015 and 2019. While in office, he generated rejection from human rights organizations when he met with Victoria Villarruel. The current candidate for vice president met Avruj as the head of Celtyv, the group that, under the front of defending the victims of the guerrilla, supports denial and seeks impunity for genocidal perpetrators.
Villarruel himself revealed the meeting, saying that he encountered a “paradigm change,” that he had “hope and joy,” and that now there is “a change in our lives.”
That meeting took place in January 2016, where Avruj just sat. “My policy is always to take care of social complaints, that’s how I receive the indigenous people and the relatives of the Cro-Mañón victims,” the official said when asked on PáginaI12.
The criticism of the early voting of the extreme right by the former Human Rights official was immediate.
No parece haber mucho pensar en esta simpleza: si todo fuera tan simple, la conclusión es equivocada. Pero: entre Hamas y el kirchnerismo, hay varios grados de diferencia; entre Milei y Videla, uno. Ergo, tu simpleza es "voto a Videla". Bien, Avruj, sos un genio
— palabarces (@palabarces) October 28, 2023
Votar y apoyar a los defensores de genocidas torturadores, qué difícil para un ex secretario de DDHH. Contala como quieras. pic.twitter.com/6GMgvfysaA
— GMZ 💚 (@GMZ5zmg) October 28, 2023
Apoyás a negacionistas, y genocidas.
Por si algo te faltaba.
— Diego Wainstein (@diegowainstein) October 28, 2023