Mexico Demands Spain Apologize for Colonial Abuse of Indigenous People


Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has written to Spanish King Felipe VI and Pope Francis urging them to apologize for the “abuses” of colonialism and the conquest. In a video filmed at the ruins of the indigenous city of Comalcalco, he 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.

“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… The time has come to reconcile. But let us ask forgiveness first,” he said.

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The Guardian