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Mexican President demands apology from Spain over Colonial abuse

Mexican President demands apology from Spain over Colonial abuse

Posted By Corinne Rice March 27th, 2019 Last Updated on: March 28th, 2019

President Andrès Manuel López Obrador wrote a letter to the King of Spain Felipe VI, and Pope Francis urging the two of them to apologize for historical trauma caused by Spanish conquests and colonialism in Mexico and the damage it caused to Indigenous people. President Obrador even went as far as to film in front of Temple ruins and call for the apology for the violence.

“In a video filmed at the ruins of the indigenous city of Comalcalco, in southern Mexico, the anti-establishment leftist called on Spain and the Vatican to recognize the rights violations committed during the conquest of Mexico, which began 500 years ago, and the colonial period that followed.

“I have sent a letter to the king of Spain and another to the pope calling for a full account of the abuses and urging them to apologize to the indigenous peoples (of Mexico) for the violations of what we now call their human rights,” Lopez Obrador, 65, said in the video, which he posted to his social media accounts.



“There were massacres and oppression. The so-called conquest was waged with the sword and the cross. They built their churches on top of the (indigenous) temples,” he said.

“The time has come to reconcile. But let us ask forgiveness first.”

Lopez Obrador made the remarks during a visit to his native Tabasco state.” -The Guardian


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About Corinne Rice

Corinne Rice (Mohawk/Lakota) has been a writer with powwows.com since 2014. She lives in the state of CA, and enjoys attending and photographing many of the Northern CA powwows and events. She owns her own photography business and is also a Fellow with Changemaker Initiative in partnership with Ashoka.



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