(Hermosillo) Mexican President Andres Manuel Lపెpez Obrador on Tuesday apologized for “state crimes” committed against Aquis, a countryman north of the country.
“We want to forgive you for the state crimes committed against your ancestors,” the president said at a public event in Vikram, North Sonora.
The Mexican left-wing leader recalled that the abuse took place mainly during the long presidency of Porfirio Diaz (1876-1880, then 1884-1911), which is considered the dictatorship of some historians.
The Mexican government has pledged to implement a “legal plan” in favor of Acquis, which has tens of thousands of members in a country of nearly 128 million people.
It is about distributing land, guaranteeing the right to water and social security, the Mexican president recalled.
The plan calls for an investment of 11.6 billion pesos ($ 570 million), said Adelfo Regino Montes, director of the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples.
“It’s a question of giving us back what is right for us,” declared Jesus Patricio Varella, a spokesman for the Aquis people, “provoking the territory we had stolen” and “the honor they wanted to steal from us.”
“The Mexican state should never allow injustice, abuse or injustice against the Equis or any other ethnic or cultural group in our country,” the Mexican president concluded.
Since the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in the early 16th century, the Aquis people, together in eight communities, have been fighting for the defense of their territories and their customs.E Century.
The double anniversary of the year 2021 will be widely commemorated in Mexico: the 500th anniversary of Hernan Cortes’ conquest of Mexico and the bicentennial of the country’s independence.