Biscay. Photo via Clarin

The government today removed Pedro Biscay from the Central Bank’s (BCRA) board of directors for “misconduct and not fulfilling the duties of a public official.” The reason? A series of public statements and articles published in the last few months in which he harshly criticized the government’s economic and social policies, and warned that a crisis was looming on the horizon.

“There are several consistent elements to determine the violation of the Central Bank’s Charter by Mr. Pedro Biscay,” explains the decree that marked the end of his tenure at the institution, published today in the official bulletin.

Biscay disagrees. Speaking to press today, he assured that he had actually been fired for “having different opinions” than the Macri administration. “It’s dangerous and interferes with both the BCRA and its directors’ independence [from the Executive],” he said. “Those who took office raising the flags of the republic are stepping on them day after day.”

The decree confirmed, however, that a committee in Congress determined last week that the aforementioned public statements and “attitudes from Biscay didn’t concur with the obligations that come with his post and that affect the BCRA’s constitutional goals.”

“The public statements made [by Buscay] do not go in line with the communication policies of any Central Bank that can consider itself mildly responsible,” the committee claimed.

These are some of his statements and tweets:

“Against the attempt to institutionally topple my tenure, I appreciate the support of my colleagues.”

“We’ll continue fighting for the country’s independence despite attempts to colonize, such as the 100 year bond.”

Ayer represión en 9 de julio. Hoy un jubilado se pegó un tiro en Anses Mar del Plata. Cada vez + universales las políticas públicas de Macri

“Yesterday there was police brutality on 9 de Julio Avenue. Today a retiree shot himself at ANSES in Mar del Plata. Macri’s policies are becoming more and more universal.”

Throughout the day, government officials came out to justify the decision and criticize Biscay. Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña assured that the government followed “the institutional process,” so there is “no room for [Biscay] to play victim.”

“There’s no shady business, and therefore there’s no reason for the victimization that they like so much,” he added. “They” refers to the Kirchnerites. Cambiemos Senator Eduardo Amadeo expressed sentiments along the same lines, saying that while “Mr. Biscay has all the right in the world to have his opinions, he should have been extremely careful with his statements. In his last ones, he talked about crisis the whole time. He has been extremely reckless.”

“Freedom of expression is all-encompassing, but we have to take into account the responsibilities each one of us have. If the Health Minister tomorrow finds out about a case of leprosy and says that there’s a leprosy crisis in Argentina, he’s using freedom of expression but doing so irresponsibly,” he added.