The national secretary of Culture of Brazil, the actress Regina Duarte, minimized this Thursday the deaths committed by the State during the period of the military dictatorship, which ruled the country between 1964 and 1985, considering that “there was always torture” in the world .
“There was always torture, I do not want to drag a cemetery. Humanity does not stop dying, if you talk about life, on the other hand there is death. Why look back?” Duarte said in a live interview on television. CNN Brazil.
“You have to look forward, you have to love the country. Collect things that have happened in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s? Guys, we have to go forward,” added the secretary, who immediately began to sing a hymn from the Brazilian national team champion of the 1970 World Cup, in the middle of the dictatorship.
Questioned about the murders, torture and censorship carried out in the military period that ruled Brazil for 21 years, exalted by President Jair Bolsonaro, Duarte cited Stalin and Hitler and reiterated that he did not want to carry a “cemetery of the dead” on his back .
Duarte, 73 years old and who has just completed two months at the head of the Secretariat that relieved the extinct Ministry of Culture, also considered that the coronavirus health crisis, which already leaves more than 9,100 dead and 135,000 infected in Brazil, brought a ” unbearable morbidity “to the country.
“Whoever is dragging rows of coffins does not live. I think there is a morbidity at the moment. COVID-19 is bringing unbearable morbidity,” he stressed.
Asked about the omission and silence of its Secretariat before the death of big names in Brazilian Culture in recent weeks, such as the writers Rubem Fonseca and Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza, the musicians Aldir Blanc and Moraes Moreira or the actor Flávio Migliaccio, Duarte He said that “recognition exists or does not exist”, so “they do not need the Ministry of Culture.”
If I defined “what is important for people’s memory, I can put an obituary on the page of the Secretariat,” he said.
However, the secretary closed the interview abruptly after a colleague by profession criticized in a video the management of her portfolio during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the lack of policies to support artists during the crisis.
“I had so many things to say and you are digging up the dead,” Duarte shouted, before ending the conversation.
Duarte, known as the “girlfriend of Brazil” and who has a long career in the world of theater and television, agreed at the end of January to relieve Roberto Alvim of his position, who was dismissed in a sudden way after emulating the Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels in an institutional video.