Mexico to replace statue of Christopher Columbus with that of an indigenous woman


MEXICO CITY, Sept 5 (Reuters) – A prominent statue of explorer Christopher Columbus on one of Mexico City’s main avenues is to be replaced with that of an indigenous Mexican woman, the capital’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, said on Sunday. .

The 19th-century bronze statue was removed from Paseo de la Reforma Boulevard last year for restoration work ahead of an annual protest.

It’s about making way for a monument that offers “social justice” regarding the historical role of women in Mexico, especially those of indigenous descent, Sheinbaum said at an event in the Mexican capital.

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“Of course we recognize Columbus. But there are two visions,” Sheinbaum said, adding that one was the European vision of “discovering America,” even though the civilizations had been around for centuries. in Mexico.

“And there is another vision from here, that in reality a European arrived in America, who had a meeting between two places, and then came the (Spanish) conquest,” she added.

The statue of Christopher Columbus will be moved to a “worthy” location in the city, the mayor said.

Several statues of the Italian navigator, whose Spanish-funded expeditions from the 1490s paved the way for European conquest of the Americas, have been removed from American cities since the Black Lives Matter protests and global review of the era colonialism and the legacy of slavery.

Sheinbaum is a close ally of left-leaning President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has sought to portray his government primarily as a champion of the poor and indigenous communities, many of whom are among the country’s least well-off.

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Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Michael Perry and Clarence Fernandez

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