Marking the 500 th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec capital to Spain, President Lopez Obrador requests forgiveness.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has actually asked the nation’s Indigenous Mexica Peoples for forgiveness for the abuses caused on them throughout the bloody 1521 Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire.

Lopez Obrador on Friday spoke in front of a big reproduction temple developed to celebrate 500 years considering that the fall of the ancient Aztec capital Tenochtitlan to Hernan Cortes, the leader of the getting into Spanish forces and the armies of his Indigenous allies.

Cortes and his allies beat the Aztec leaders and the Mexica individuals who resided in Tenochtitlan, which later on ended up being Mexico City. They then robbed and took down the city, introducing 3 centuries of Spanish dominance.

” Today we keep in mind the fall of the fantastic Tenochtitlan and we ask forgiveness to the victims of the disaster triggered by the Spanish military profession of Mesoamerica and the area of the existing Mexican Republic,” Lopez Obrador stated.

Lopez Obrador has stated the Spanish monarchy and Roman Catholic Church ought to officially apologise for the atrocities dedicated throughout the conquest.

Workers construct a reproduction of the Aztec Templo Mayor, with a picture of the pre-Columbian God Quetzalcoatl decorating the surrounding structures, at Mexico City’s primary square the Zocalo, August 9, 2021 [File: Eduardo Verdugo/AP Photo]

The left-wing president on Friday duplicated previous criticisms that colonialists told history at their benefit.

” The conquest and colonisation are indications of backwardness, not of civilisation, less of justice,” he stated.

Lopez Obrador has actually consistently blamed colonial-era abuses when setting out the origins of inequality and corruption in Mexico. Studies reveal lots of Mexicans consider themselves to be of mestizo heritage, a mix of European and native roots.

Areas with high concentrations of Indigenous individuals tend to be more impoverished, and therefore closer to the electoral base of Lopez Obrador, who has actually promised to put Mexico’s bad.

As the anniversary approached, Lopez Obrador stepped up criticism of Spain and other European nations, consisting of Austria, whose previous judgment household, the Habsburgs, likewise sat at the head of a French-imposed Mexican Empire in the 1860 s.

Last year, he pushed a Vienna museum to provide Mexico a bejewelled plume headdress, thought about among the most crucial pre-Hispanic artefacts.

The headdress is stated to have actually been used by Aztec emperor Moctezuma prior to he was fallen by Cortes.

Despite a check out by Lopez Obrador’s spouse Beatriz Gutierrez to the Austrian capital, the Mexican demand was rebuffed.