Columbus statue in Mexico City to be replaced with statue honoring indigenous women

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A statute of Christopher Columbus in Mexico will be replaced by a statute honoring indigenous women.

Speaking at an event in the city on Sunday, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the new statute will bring “social justice” regarding the role of indigenous women in Mexico, Reuters reported.

The statue of Christopher Columbus will be moved to another city holiday.

Sheinbaum said that while the country recognizes Columbus, there are “two visions.” One is the European version of the “discovery of America” and the other the Mexican view of what that story meant.

“There is another vision from here, that actually a European arrived in America, who had a meeting between two places, and then came the (Spanish) conquest,” Sheinbaum said, according to Reuters.

The statue in Mexico City has been repeatedly targeted by protesters demonstrating against European repression of indigenous cultures.

According to The Associated Pressthe statue was removed last year before Columbus Day, which is “Race Day” in Mexico, to be restored.

At least 33 statues of Christopher Columbus were removed last year amid racial justice protests, CBS News reported, citing local reports

Mayor of Newark, Ras J. Baraka announced in June that a statue of Columbus in the city would be taken down and replaced with that of Harriet Tubman.

A Pennsylvania judge ruled mid august that the city of Philadelphia could not remove a statue in the city, believing that the decision had no “legal basis”.

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