Christopher Columbus will be expelled from the most symbolic route to the capital of Mexico.
The head of government, Claudia Sheinbaum, declared that the statue of Columbus on the Paseo de la Reforma, which is often the focus of indigenous rights protests, It will be replaced by a statue in honor of indigenous women.
Sheinbaum made the announcement on Sunday on International Indigenous Women’s Day.
The Statue of Columbus, donated to the city several years ago, has been an important landmark on 10-lane Boulevard and the intersection that – to this day – bears its name.
This made him a favorite target of spray paint protesters denouncing European suppression of Mexico’s indigenous civilizations.
It was removed for its restoration last year, shortly before October 12, when Columbus Day is celebrated in Mexico, which commemorates the arrival of Columbus to the American continent in 1492. In the United States, this day is called Columbus Day. “Columbus Day”).
When the statue was removed last year, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said: “Well, I have that information, that the statue was lowered to restore it; and if it is with this date, today coincides with it, it should not be misunderstood”.
This year marks the 700th anniversary of the founding of Tenochtitlán, now Mexico City, as well as the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Spanish conquistadors and the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain.
Most Mexicans have some indigenous ancestry and are well aware that millions of indigenous people were killed by violence and disease during and after the conquest.
Sheinbaum said a new statue, “Talali”, is expected to be placed this year.
The statue of Columbus will not be removed, but will be moved to a less prominent place in a small park in the Polanco neighborhood. Sheinbaum referred to the American explorer as “a great international figure”.