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Mexican President Demands Reparations

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Post OsricPearl on Tue 26 Mar - 16:25

No one seems to be covering this, but it seems that it will start a trend unless Spain sticks to its guns:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/25/mexico-demands-spain-apology-colonialism-obrador

Mexico’s 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, 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.

Spain fights to dispel legend of Inquisition and imperial atrocities

“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.

He planned to later visit the city of Centla, scene of one of the first battles between Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and the indigenous peoples of the land now known as Mexico.



With the help of horses, swords, guns and smallpox – all unknown in the New World at the time – Cortes led an army of less than 1,000 men to defeat the Aztec empire, the start of 300 years of Spanish rule over Mexico.

For example:
https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2019-03-23-whites-created-cyclone-idai-and-must-therefore-pay-says-blf/
Black First Land First (BLF) has blamed Tropical Cyclone Idai on whites and wants the African Union to demand reparations and relief from the West for the disaster.

BLF president Andile Mngxitama charged in a statement that the cyclone, which hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, was “not a natural disaster but a direct consequence of the white, Western system of ecological assault for profits”.

“Black First Land First (BLF) holds that the destroyers of the ecological balance, through greenhouse gas emissions, must pay for the catastrophe that is caused by their gluttonous cultures and civilization of death.

“The multitudes that died as a result of the cyclone are not victims of a natural disaster. This is mass murder which could be prevented if the West abandoned its ways,” Mngxitama stated.

He added that those who polluted and destroyed ecosystems must pay ecological reparations to those who suffer as a consequence of their irresponsible actions.

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Post Neon Knight on Wed 27 Mar - 21:26

The appropiate answer to those kinds of demands is: "Nice try!" I think there should be a 90 year limit for nations being responsible for what they did in the past.




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Post OsricPearl on Thu 28 Mar - 2:22

Spain has told Mexico to stuff it, which is good. But my fear is that Spain will cave. This will leave other former Colonial powers in danger, once the precedent has been set.
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