The request for an apology made by the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to the Spanish monarchy, for the grievances committed during the time of the Conquest, continues to generate reactions in Europe.
José María Aznar, former president of the government of Spain (1996 and 2004), took up the issue this Thursday during the national convention of the conservative Popular Party (PP) and made a mockery of the request of the Mexican president.
“Now you say that Spain has to apologize. And what’s your name? ‘My name is Andrés Manuel López Obrador’ « , ironized Aznar during his intervention together with the president of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado.
“Andrés on the part of the Aztecs. Manuel on the part of the Mayas. López, what is that, let’s go. And Obrador de Santander,” added the former Spanish president, trying to mock the origin of the names of the Mexican president, amid applause of attendees.
“It is that if some things had not happened, you would not be there, nor could you be called what you are called, nor could you have been baptized, nor could the evangelization of America have taken place,” Aznar declared, without mentioning the process of economic plunder. , social and cultural that the Spanish Conquest meant for the indigenous peoples of Mexico, 500 years ago.
After highlighting that the current government of Spain “does well not to get into a fight with some Ibero-American provocateurs,” Aznar continued with his message dedicated to López Obrador and the Conquest period.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Mexican president had not yet issued any response to Aznar’s message.
“Time for forgiveness”
Last Monday, September 27, in the framework of the celebrations for the 200 years of Mexican independence, López Obrador reiterated his request to Spain to apologize to the native peoples for the wrongs committed.
“We declare ourselves in favor of peace, sovereignty and love. Although we do not forget, we maintain that it is the time of forgiveness and mutual respect“said López Obrador in a speech in which he highlighted the” humility “of Pope Francis for sending a letter acknowledging the” mistakes made in the past. “
In March 2019, López Obrador reported that he had sent a letter addressed to King Felipe VI, in which he urged him to apologize for the “massacres” and “impositions” perpetrated during the Conquest.
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