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Brazil: artists criticize the disappearance of the Ministry of Culture

Les musiciens Gilberto Gil et Caetano Veloso ont signé une lettre ouverte pour critiquer la disparition d’un ministère de la culture dans le nouveau gouvernement brésilien.

With the coming to power of the interim president Michel Temer, Brazil has adopted, Thursday, May 12, a new ministerial team of 23 ministers. But the disappearance in this narrow government, department fully dedicated to culture raises many critics. This is indeed now merged with education in a large department.

The association Provides Saber ( “Seeking to know”), which includes artists such as pop singers Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso or Gilberto Gil – himself a former minister of culture when Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was president – wrote an open letter to attention: Mr. Temer to criticize this decision. In this document, released Friday by the newspaper O Globo , these figures are moved to a “huge step backwards”

“If the Ministry of culture loses its status and depends on a department that another priority (…) there is the risk of losing all the expertise it has developed about including copyright laws, legislation on various aspects of the Internet (such as recognition and respect of international expert bodies) of heritage protection and support for popular expressions. “

” dishonest Movement “

According to them, the Ministry ” is the main way to develop a situation of tolerance and respect for differences, something fundamental in now that the country is “.

the actor Wagner Moura, who starred in films elite Squad and elite Squad 2 Pablo Escobar and interpreted in the series Narcos , lamented to the same newspaper a “dishonest movement to convince the public of the futility of culture and criminalization of artists” who benefit from tax exemptions.

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