Isolated protest against Hernan Cortes in La Paz

In Baja California Sur, there was only one isolated protest this October 12th against one of the greatest Spanish exterminators in Mexican history.

It was Hernan Cortes, whose name was assigned to a street in La Paz.

Local businessman and environmental activist Victor Martinez de Escobar Cobela, used spray paint to cover up the name of the Spanish conquistador who also founded this port in 1535.

In Baja California Sur, there was no other known demonstration against the European slaveowners and conquistadors who founded most of the great cities of the American continent.


In the capital city the Mexican government has removed a prominent bronze statue of Christopher Columbus and surrounded another with high metal fencing ahead of an annual protest that marks the explorer’s arrival in the Americas in 1492. 


The removed statue of the 15th century Italian navigator, along with four Catholic friars, towered over one of the Mexico City’s main traffic circles for decades.

Authorities said it was taken away for restoration work on Saturday but added that it was also time for reflection about Columbus’s legacy, triggering speculation in Mexican media that the statue may not be returned.

Several statues of the explorer, whose Spanish-funded expeditions opened the door to the European conquest of the Americas, have been removed in U.S. cities in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests and the resulting global re-examination of colonization and slavery.

Post a Comment