Mexico Apologizes to Indigenous Maya People for Historic Abuses


Mexico’s government has offered an official apology to the Maya Indigenous people for the “terrible abuses” committed against them in the centuries since the Spanish conquest.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador presented the apology as part of a series of events this year marking the 500th anniversary of the conquest and the bicentennial of Mexico’s 1821 independence from Spain.

Lopez Obrador referred in particular to the 1847-1901 Caste War, an Indigenous rebellion in which some 250,000 people are believed to have died. His government also recognized the racism and neglect that continue to afflict the ethnic minority.

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