Mexico: Christopher Columbus Ousted

October 22, 2020

A statue of the explorer Christopher Columbus was removed on October 10, 2020 from a major thoroughfare in the Mexican capital by the authorities, under the pretext of restoring it. For several months, activists announced their intention to attack the statue, during the commemorations of the arrival of the Genoese explorer in America.

In Mexico, the ideology of colonial repentance is circulating at the speed of the coronavirus. On October 10, 2020, at the request of the government of Mexico City, a monumental statue of the discoverer of the Americas, enthroned on Reforma Avenue, was dismantled, in order to be submitted “to an examination and a possible restoration,” which will be carried out by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

A withdrawal made in the name of the precautionary principle? Last July, thousands of people signed an online petition, calling on the government of the Mexican capital to remove the sculpture.

The activists behind the initiative intended to “bring down” the statue of the illustrious navigator on October 12, 2020, the day with commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in San Salvador in 1492.

All in the name of a nauseating ideology which intends to question the contribution of Catholic Europe to a New World mired in the darkness of idolatry. Was it really happier in the days of the butcher and cutthroat gods, whose Aztec pyramids evoke bloody figures? Certainly not for the vanquished tribes, in any case ...

With little care for the past, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum hinted at a press conference that once restored, the monument might not be reassembled on the avenue where it was installed in 1877.

“It might be worth it ... to collectively reflect on what Columbus represents, especially for the next year,” said the councilor.

Because, in 2021, Mexico commemorates the 200th anniversary of Mexican independence and the 500th anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the former Aztec Empire.

Should this be seen as a coincidence? The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, himself demanded in a letter dated October 2, that the Holy See and the Crown of Spain apologize to the indigenous peoples, because of the “most shameful atrocities” committed, according to him, during the Spanish Conquest of 1521.

Coming from a statesman whose political roots draw from the blood of tens of thousands of Cristeros, shamefully massacred because of their Catholic faith between 1926 and 1934, one can recognize, with a touch of irony, a brilliant acrobat, worthy of the most beautiful of circus show.