PRESIDENT HIGHLIGHTED THE CLOSENESS OF FORMER HEAD OF STATE AYLWIN WITH THE UNIVERSITY
“IT IS A GREAT LOSS FOR DEMOCRACY, FOR THE COUNTRY AND FOR LATIN AMERICA,” SAID ALVARO ROJAS ON THE DEATH OF THE FORMER COUNTRY’S PRESIDENT AT 97 YEARS OF AGE.
April 19, 2016
President Álvaro Rojas remembered former president of the Republic, Patricio Aylwin, as a person very close to our University, as well as a great leader, not only in Chile, but in Latin America, whose death, occurred on April 19, was “a huge loss”, he said.
The academic authority said that the former Head of State “is a figure that History will take care to putting him in his deserved place”, and highlighted aspects of the work of the former ruler, who had to lead the country into the period of transition to democracy, between 1990 and 1994.
“He was a great president and also a person who was very close in our first steps as a university from the year 1990,” said President Rojas, who participated in the mass to which authorities and members of the regional community assisted in memory of the former president, at the cathedral of Talca. He also said the official farewell to the former president in the metropolitan cathedral.
He added that Aylwin was always willing to collaborate with our Institution when requested, and it was the reason why he was present in several activities of our Academic Institution. “The award ceremony of the first ‘Jose Donoso’ Prize was presided over by him, and also came to the laying of the foundation stone of the building of the Faculty of Law Sciences,” noted Alvaro Rojas.
The same appreciation expressed the former director of Extension and Outreach of the Institution, Maria Teresa Guerra, who was to receive the former president at the University and also in her family, due to the great friendship that Patricio Aylwin always had with her father, Renato Guerra. “Certainly, don Patricio felt a lot of affection for the Universidad de Talca and also a special appreciation for our President Álvaro Rojas,” she said.
One of the occasions she remembers is the celebration of the 250 years of Talca, in May 1992, which was held in our Corporation.
On the other hand, the president talked about the family ties of Aylwin with the Maule Region, an area that he used to visit often and to which, moreover, was bound by parliamentary reasons, given that in 1965 he was elected senator of the Sixth Provincial Grouping of Curicó, Talca, Linares and Maule. He was reelected in the same position in March of 1973.
Another activity that attracted the presence of Patricio Aylwin at the University was the inauguration of the academic year of the Law School in 2007. Professor Javier Pinedo, from the Institute of Humanistic Studies, recalled that the former president's speech in that time focused on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission "which he had created in the first months of his government as a way to clarify the damage caused by the so-called 'state terrorism' against human rights."
Pinedo said that as editor of the Universum journal, he asked the speech for publication, "but he wanted to fix it and especially extend it to other aspects that had not mentioned".
What was published in that journal (volume 22, 2007) is, according to academic, more than a speech, because it contains 10 tight pages on the transition to democracy and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. "But at the same time it is a very personal story that chronicles the history of the formation of the commission and the difficulties they had to overcome, because today we tend to forget the punishment and repression power that the dictatorship had, even in 1990. It is a historical document, "he said.
About the same intervention of Patricio Aylwin talked the President of the Supreme Court, Hugo Dolmestch, in his tribute to the former national figure. By highlighting that his banner of struggle was the law, he stopped on some of his thoughts which exclude revenge and confer the determination of responsibilities to the courts, as befits a rule of law, "in accordance with the legal system and the guarantees of due process”.
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