23 September Sep 2015 1106 3 years ago

Former President of Uruguay Mujica visiting Cascina Triulza

"The civil society organizations are vital if they maintain independence and not become bureaucratic agencies"

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The former president of Uruguay, Josè Alberto Mujica, returned to Expo 2015 for a visit in Cascina Triulza, the Civil Society pavilion. The former president, a former guerrilla fighter against the dictatorship of his country, yesterday received a delegation during a private visit to the Pavilion.

"The work done in the civil society pavilion is noble and important - he said - and not just for the Expo, but also for the future, when there will be the clamor of the Exhibition". "These organizations are very vital, and it is absolutely important that they maintain their independence and not become bureaucratic agencies, that instead of helping people, speculate about them. All this has to be monitored to ensure that does not happen."

Mujica indicated that these are the way forward for organizations operating in civil society, especially in light of the experience of Cascina Triulza in Expo: "The important thing is that the work done by the associations should allow citizens to fend for themselves autonomously".

Mujica, "the poorest president in the world", as defined, has a long fought the dictatorship in his country and has been detained for over 12 years. During his private visit in Expo he was not denied to those who have asked him to sign copies of his latest book "Happiness in power", which reflects and the role of the family as the engine of society and the meaning of freedom as a value essential for all mankind.