President Andrés Manuel López Obrador maintained that it is important that apologies be offered to the native peoples to achieve reconciliation, in the context of this October 12, when the meeting of two worlds took place. “Here we do not commemorate the date; Spain does,” he said.
During the morning press conference at the National Palace, he said that this is still under debate if Christopher Columbus was the first to arrive in America, how many other incursions were there before, even on the same date, “it is important to have information about what the meeting meant or discovery, whatever you call it. All in a peaceful way ”.
He explained that hence his proposal that (that Spain) offer an apology to the native peoples to achieve reconciliation, it is thought that this happened a long time ago and has already been forgotten, “it is better that everyone humbly apologize to the native peoples and try to start a new stage in our relationships ”.
He added that it was misinterpreted when he raised it, “hopefully it will be analyzed again, so that next year these ceremonies are carried out, (those of) offering apologies to the native peoples, and offering non-repetition, that they are not repeated. commit atrocities such as looting, not the denial of other cultures for the purpose of domination.
He indicated that what was done was to deny the cultures and civilizations that existed in America, cataloging everything as barbarism, savagery, and saying that “they had civilized us. It is an ideological justification to cover up the imposition and looting, to say that the status of vassals should be accepted because we civilize them. ”
Now we have to exalt the culture of Mexico and tell the story in another way, that story of the savages and barbarians exists in the textbooks of some countries. “The town is formed that way, because it is an official story. We consider it important that the vision of the defeated be known ”.
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Regarding the removal of the statue of Christopher Columbus from Paseo de la Reforma, he said he had the information that it was taken down to restore it, “if it coincided with today’s date, it should not be misunderstood. It is a controversial date, of confrontation of ideas and politics. The best thing is to resolve differences in a peaceful way, not to take it out on the statues, for everyone to seek information ”.
Regarding the election process of the Morena leadership, he said that he did not think, “this is something common in the parties, as they agree.”