A statue of Christopher Columbus, which was removed from Mexico City’s main avenue, will now be relocated to another area of Mexico City. After a social media appeal, it was decided to take her down.
Mexican authorities have confirmed Monday that a statue depicting Christopher Columbus, an Italian navigator, which was taken last year to restore it but also to keep it from becoming the target of protestors, will be replaced with one of ‘a native Mexican woman.
“The sculpture will then be moved to a safe and suitable place that is dignified.”According to the National Institute of Anthropology and History, it is.
This decision is also an act of ” social justice “Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City’s Mayor, spoke out in support of the five hundred-year recognition. “Indigenous resistance”Since the conquest.
But, ” We acknowledge the importance of Christopher Columbus. »She clarified. >>She clarified.
The sculpture of a “Olmec woman”Claudia Sheinbaum added that the painting was made by Pedro Reyes of Mexico at a public event. This coincided with International Indigenous Women’s Day.
“It’s precisely the indigenous women who may have had the greatest impact on the history of Mexico, but who are the least known”She replied,
Christopher Columbus’ statue, which is credited for discovering America under patronage from the Spanish Crown, was installed in a roundabout on the Paseo de la Reforma central avenue in 1877. It is close to the ruins and heart of Aztec civilization, the Templo Mayor.
It was withdrawn by the authorities in October 2020 to make it possible for it to be “Cared for and maintained by specialists in conservation and restoration.”. It will not be reinstalled in the same spot, but it will instead be erected elsewhere in the capital. “The risks of this piece with historical and important artistic value”, said Inah.
After a social media appeal to take down the statue, it was removed quickly. “Honor to the millions Native Americans and their descendants who were massacred by Africans”According to campaign organizers after the discovery America.
During feminist marches, protest graffiti was also used to mark the monument of Independence and the statue of Christopher Columbus.
The government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says his government defends indigenous causes and has called on the Spanish government and the Vatican to issue historic apologies for the abuses committed during the conquest and evangelization of their territory.