March 27th, 2019 Last Updated on: January 19th, 2022
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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