Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has apologized to the Mayan people for torturing them for nearly 500 years. The persecution of the Mayans began shortly after the Spanish occupation of Mexico.
He apologized on Monday (May 3rd) at a ceremony marking the 500th anniversary of Spain’s occupation of Mexico and the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence in the southeastern Mexican state of Kintana Rowe.
“We apologize for the injustice done to them in history and for the kind of discrimination they are still suffering,” he said.
According to the BBC, Mexican President Obrador also spoke about the “cast war” in his speech. It is estimated that about two and a half million people died in the war that lasted from 1847 to 1901.
However, the Mexican president’s apology is expected to affect the country’s upcoming elections. The country is going to have city corporation and parliamentary elections in a few days.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei was also present at the event. At the time, he complained that the Maya people were still suffering from various forms of injustice, injustice and neglect.