Keeping Columbus in Reform would be "silencing the extermination", Sheinbaum sentence

The Head of Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, argued that removing the monument from Christopher Columbus of the Paseo de la Reforma is a “Vindication of the historical figures who have been the most forgotten and violated”.

This Tuesday the capital’s president received in a formal ceremony more than 5,000 signatures from the hands of women representing indigenous peoples, who requested to place a statue on the Reforma that dignifies the indigenous people.

Sheinbaum Pardo stated that keeping Colón on one of the capital’s main roads would be “Silence the extermination and slavery of native peoples, silence barbarism. Silence also the origin of a deep racism that continues to this day ”.

His statement came after opponents and critics launched a petition to demand that the Government of Mexico City restore the statue of Christopher Columbus on Paseo de la Reforma, the capital’s main avenue.

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The monuments, statues and names of streets of our city are legacies that we leave for future generations, they are historical marks that should make us remember our past with dignity, historical memory cannot and should not be a mythologized version, historical silence is a form of violence that subdues, annihilates and determines a present “, stated the capital’s president.

After a great controversy, the Government of Mexico City announced this Tuesday that it will not be the artist Pedro Reyes who will make the sculptural work of an indigenous woman that will replace the figure of Christopher Columbus on the emblematic Paseo de la Reforma.

Regarding who is going to be or how the sculpture is going to be made, we have made the decision that we better put it in the hands of the Monuments Committee (…) of Mexico City ”, said this Tuesday the head of government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, without giving much more details.

He only gave a “thank you” to Pedro Reyes, on whom he assured that “it is likely that part of his work is in the city.”

Sheinbaum then explained that It will be the Committee of Monuments and Artistic Works in Public Spaces of Mexico City (Comaep) who will decide in “the next few days or weeks” who will be in charge of carrying out the work of the indigenous woman, called “Tlali”.

Subsequently, the Secretary of Culture of Mexico City pointed out that Reyes’ “Tlali” has not been totally ruled out, but the entire selection process will be endorsed by Comaep.

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