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Mexico demands apology for colonial abuses, Spain hits back

The 500-year-old wounds of the Spanish conquest were ripped open afresh on Monday when Mexico s president urged Spain and the Vatican to apologize for their abuses -- a request Madrid said it firmly rejects. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, an anti-establishment leftist, reopened the debate over Spain s centuries of dominance in the New World with a video posted to social media, urging Spanish King Felipe VI and Pope Francis to apologize for the conquest and the rights violations committed in its aftermath. I have sent a letter to the king of Spain and another to the pope calling for a full account of the abuses and urging them to apologize to the indigenous peoples (of Mexico) for the violations of what we now call their human rights, Lopez Obrador, 65, said in the video, filmed at the ruins of the indigenous city of Comalcalco. There were massacres and oppression. The so-called conquest was waged with the sword and the cross. They built their churches on top of the ...

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