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October 12: the controversial defense of Hispanidad by the Spanish right

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Painting allusive to the arrival of Columbus in America

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The arrival of Columbus to America is celebrated in Spain as the beginning of Hispanidad in America.

The right of Spain has come out to defend Hispanidad, celebrated this October 12, as few times before.

Faced with calls from America for Spain to apologize for the dark chapters of its colonial past, and the proclamation of the Day of Indigenous Peoples by US President Joe Biden, right-wing Spanish politicians have expressed their disagreement.

One is the leader of the Popular Party (PP), Pablo Casado, who has described the hispanidad What “the most important event in History after Romanization“, as he said on the eve of the Spanish holiday of October 12 that marked the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World in 1492.

“Does the kingdom of Spain have to apologize because five centuries ago it discovered a New World, respected those who were there, created universities, created prosperity, built entire cities? Well, I think not,” Casado said in a video published in Twitter

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