Since the start of her political career, Patricia Bullrich’s career has not been free of controversy. Despite this, Milei chose her as Minister of Security, a position she already held under the government of Mauricio Macri.
Since December 10, the Pink house of Argentina will receive for the first time the libertarian Javier Milei as the country’s new president. However, the doors of the place will be open again for Patricia Bullrich the woman Milei chose as Minister of Security and that he had already been in the same situation, under the presidency of Mauricio Macri (2015-2019).
Bullrich’s political career dates back to 1973 – when he was 17 and began serving in the regional Peronist youth – and, since then, it has not been without controversy.
Here, everything you need to know about the trajectory of the future minister of Argentinian security.
Who is Patricia Bullrich?
Patricia Bullrich was born in Buenos Aires in 1956. She is the daughter of Alejandro Bullrich and Julieta Luro Pueyrredón and He is part of one of the most political families in the country. : He had relatives who were Ministers of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs and mayors of the city.
Additionally, his grandmother, Esther Lidia Pueyrredón, was the daughter of the leader of the Radical Civic Union, Honorio Pueyrredón.
Bullrich earned excellent grades in 2001 in humanities and social sciences, majoring in social communication and journalism at the university. University of Palermo . Later he obtained a master’s degree in political science and sociology, a doctorate in political science and in 2022 completed a postgraduate diploma at the University Oxford University .
From a young age he began to join the Peronist youth, but a few years later he decided to leave it. Even like this, It is generally linked to the armed guerrilla group of Peronists, called Montoneros, who fought during Argentina’s military dictatorship.
This because his sister Julieta had a relationship with Rodolfo Galimberti, who was commander of the northern column of Montoneros.
“I was not a Montonera, my sister’s husband (…) was Rodolfo Galimberti, with whom I had a very strong involvement from a very young age. Cámpora, Abal Medina came to my house to eat [miembros de la organización guerrillera peronista]. “I was a girl and everyone came to eat at my house,” she defended herself during an interview in 2017.
“I left Peronism because I felt that it was a closed corporatist movement, which believed neither in democracy nor in institutions” added the woman, in conversation with Filo News .
The controversies surrounding Bullrich
Bullrich’s first arrival at Casa Rosada dates back to 2000, during the government of Fernando de la Rúa, as Minister of Labor. After, He held a seat in the Chamber of Deputies in three different periods.
In 2015, she served as Argentina’s Security Minister throughout Mauricio Macri’s government. But It was at this time that his role aroused more controversy, notably due to two affairs.
The first, the death of Santiago Maldonado, a young man who participated in a demonstration in the province of Chubut. The Mapuche community had blocked a road and demanded the release of one of its leaders. The movement was dissolved by the National Gendarmerie.
But Maldonado’s body was found in the Chubut River and Argentine police came under public scrutiny. The only person accused in this case was sub-ensign Emmanuel Echazú, but Bullrich still promoted it and the family of the deceased questioned this fact.
“The whole world saw what happened to Maldonado. He remained in the same place where he drowned, without anyone seeing or touching him. “Neither the Gendarmerie nor our government would ever have made someone disappear.” the minister then assured.
The second controversial case was that of Luis Chocobar , a police officer in the Argentine capital who, in December 2017, shot dead a thief who, five days later, died. Macri and Bullrich supported the police officer’s actions, while civil and human rights organizations accused the criminal’s death of being the result of a “trigger pull.”
Bullrich insisted on changing the ‘police culpability doctrine’ : “Our government believes that the security forces are not, as they have been for many years, the main culprits in the event of a confrontation.”