President Andrés Manuel López Obrador questioned this Tuesday the commemoration in some countries of Columbus Day or Hispanic Day by assuring that “races do not exist” and that racism is “inconceivable.”
“It is scientifically proven that races do not exist. There are cultures “, expressed in social networks the president, who paraphrased his wife, Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, assuring that” if there are no races, racism is inconceivable. “
López Obrador attached a photograph of a painting from the Mayan site of Calakmul, in Campeche, dated 300 BC
The 529th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America was marked this Tuesday by the announcement of the replacement of the statue of the explorer in Mexico City with the sculpture of “The young woman from Amajac”, in honor of indigenous women.
Last year, the capital authorities removed the statue, a monument to Charles Cordier erected in the 19th century, days before a demonstration was held to tear it down.
Likewise, dozens of indigenous people marched this Tuesday in the municipality of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, to commemorate the 529 years of the “resistance” of the original peoples of America.
During the recent commemorations for the 500 years of the Conquest of Hernán Cortés, and the 200 years of Independence, the López Obrador government extolled the “indigenous resistance” and tried unsuccessfully to get the Spanish government to apologize to the native peoples.
Last year, López Obrador described October 12 as a “very controversial” date, while the Senate declared it the Day of the Pluricultural Nation.