“It was not a Spanish conquest that happened in Mexico,” says Mexican writer and researcher Federico Navarrete

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The president of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador commented that the conquest of the Spanish “was a resounding failure” as this Friday celebrated 500 years since the fall of the Aztec empire. Federico Navarrete, a Mexican writer and researcher, criticized the president’s speech as populist and full of contradictions.

During a ceremony held in the Zócalo and in the presence of indigenous representatives from Mexico, Canada and the United States and descendants of Moctezuma II, the third-to-last emperor, Obrador added that “this disaster, cataclysm, catastrophe, whatever you want to call it, allows us to sustain that the conquest was a resounding failure. “

For the writer and researcher on indigenous peoples Federico Navarrete, this “conquest” was not Spanish. “Those who brought down Tenochtitlán and Tlatelolco were 97% indigenous. So it was not a Spanish conquest. On the other hand, they did not conquer Mexico, there was no country called Mexico and when they conquered these two cities, it was no longer even the head of an empire […] They conquered a region of central Mexico and not a country ”, he declared to RFI.

Regarding the apologies of President López Obrador to the people for the Spanish occupation, the researcher described the president’s expressions as populist and that they contain a series of contradictions.

“Those who should demand an apology from Spain are the indigenous peoples. Definitely, colonialism caused genocide, exploitation, cultural destruction. Spain should take charge of that colonial violence. It is not up to the Mexican State to ask for forgiveness on their behalf ”.

During a ceremony held in the Zócalo and in the presence of indigenous representatives from Mexico, Canada and the United States and descendants of Moctezuma II, the third-to-last emperor, Obrador added that “this disaster, cataclysm, catastrophe, whatever you want to call it, allows us to sustain that the conquest was a resounding failure. “

For the writer and researcher on indigenous peoples Federico Navarrete, this “conquest” was not Spanish. “Those who brought down Tenochtitlán and Tlatelolco were 97% indigenous. So it was not a Spanish conquest. On the other hand, they did not conquer Mexico, there was no country called Mexico and when they conquered these two cities, it was no longer even the head of an empire […] They conquered a region of central Mexico and not a country ”, he declared to RFI.

Regarding the apologies of President López Obrador to the people for the Spanish occupation, the researcher described the president’s expressions as populist and that they contain a series of contradictions.

“Those who should demand an apology from Spain are the indigenous peoples. Definitely, colonialism caused genocide, exploitation, cultural destruction. Spain should take charge of that colonial violence. It is not up to the Mexican State to ask for forgiveness on their behalf ”.

Spaniards claim that Hernán Cortés freed millions of people from the bloodthirsty Aztecs

According to the Spanish political party, Vox, AMLO feeds hatred

On August 13, 1521, the city of Tenochtitlán, capital of the Mexica Empire, fell definitively at the hands of the Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés, who had previously captured, tortured and murdered Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec tlatoani.

Commanding 600 soldiers and 10,000 Tlaxcalans, in May 1521, Cortés began a siege of the city, which for 75 days resisted the Spanish onslaught.

Today we commemorate 500 years of this event.

The political party Vox de España celebrated the fall of Tenochtitlán by assuring that Hernán Cortés freed “millions from the terror of the Aztecs.”

“On a day like today 500 years ago, a troop of Spaniards led by Hernán Cortés and native allies achieved the surrender of Tenochtitlán, in Mexico. Spain managed to free millions of people from the bloodthirsty and terror regime of the Aztecs ”, published Vox on its social networks.

“Proud of our History”, concluded the political party.

In commemoration of this day, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made a commitment so that there will never be an invasion, occupation, or conquest, even if they are done in the name of faith, peace, democracy, freedom, or human rights.

On the other hand, López Obrador said that Cortés should not be seen as “a demon”, because he was “simply a man of power, a military man with courage, poise; a soulless military man, a politician, ambitious for fortune (…) “.

Vox expresses that: “The acts to commemorate the five centuries of the landing of Cortés and the campaign that ended with the fall of Tenochtitlán have been scarce and have served so that the Mexican president, López Obrador, fuels hatred against a fundamental figure to understand today the reality of the country. “

Likewise, Vox classified the story that has been told of the Spaniards as falsehood and shared a link that leads to a note that tells the “truth.”

Given what was published by Vox, thousands of messages emerged against what was said by the political party.

“On a day like today 500 years ago, some Spaniards began the deterioration and delay of an entire advanced civilization. Just because of their religious beliefs, ” said Kire Vizcarra.

So under your “logic” should the Jews thank the Nazis? I have never seen a country like Germany proud of the massacres, humiliations, rapes, inhumanities, atrocities, etc. ” , expressed Oscar Nuñez.

Source: rfi.fr

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