Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced that the Columbus statue on the Paseo de la Reforma, often a focal point for Indigenous rights protests, would be replaced by a statue honoring Indigenous women.
A sculpture of an Olmec Indigenous woman would replace the one of Cristopher Colombus in the Reform Promenade to honor Indigenous women.
"We have a duty to Indigenous women, who heroically resisted colonization. Paying tribute to them is an act of social justice," Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum stated.
The capital's mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, said the bronze structure would be placed in a new location.
"The structure will be relocated to a "worthy" place and its former position dedicated to a monument that delivers "social justice."
The 19th-century statue was taken down from the Paseo de la Reforma boulevard last year for restoration work ahead of an annual protest.
It is to make way for a monument that delivers "social justice" regarding the historic role of women in Mexico, particularly those of indigenous origin.
A statue of Christopher Columbus that was removed last year from its position along Mexico City's main thoroughfare won't be returned to its former spot, city officials said. https://t.co/tdBIjw1olQ— CNN (@CNN) September 6, 2021
"It is precisely indigenous women who have perhaps had the greatest burden in the history of Mexico and to whom the least recognition has been given," Mexico City Mayor said.
Columbus, an Italian-born explorer who was financed by the Spanish crown to set sail on voyages of exploration in the late 15th Century, is seen by many Latin Americans as a symbol of oppression since his arrival in the continent opened the door to the Spanish conquest.
Mexico City; C. Columbus monument taken down & replaced by a statue of an Olmec woman, the first major civilization in Guatemala & Mexico.— @KassMedefer (@KMedefer) September 6, 2021
"We are grateful to the representatives of the indigenous peoples of our country” - Mayor Sheinbaum quoted saying to the Milenio newspaper. pic.twitter.com/0Pf4FtSGGi
The move comes amid a global push to take down statues and monuments to historical figures involved in colonialism and other abuses, including slavery. In recent years, such monuments have been toppled by protesters or removed by local authorities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, among other places.
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