Bachelet: Historical memory is essential

September 6, 2010

EFE reports that former Chilean president Michele Bachelet, visiting in Spain last week, defended the need for historical memory and, in particular, the way in which Chile has dealt with its repressive past through judicial means–notably different from Spain. In response to a question about the controversy surrounding Judge Garzón’s attempt to open a judicial case against crimes against humanity committed by the Franco regime, Bachelet said: “For the wounds of any society to heal,” and “to learn its lesson never to put democracy in danger again,” it is necessary for “Justice to play its part.” “In Spain,” she added, “this has not apparently been the case.” More here.