Tuesday, August 16

The absence of Spain marks the celebrations of the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence

Correspondent in Mexico



Last November there was the first visit of the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, after the letter sent by President López Obrador to King Felipe VI “in search of a pardon for the abuses committed in the Conquest” which, according to the purpose of the Mexican chancellor, “I was looking for reconciliation.” In response to questions from ABC, the minister said last year that “all the investigations were yet to be defined,” but she announced the intention of the intervention in the commemorative acts of celebration with events and meetings. Laya herself expressed her interest in traveling to Mexico to create fraternal ties within the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence, an event perhaps less committed than the one arranged for the 500th anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlan (today Mexico City) at the hands of the Spanish. after three months of battles.

This time the event for the 200 years has had the Minister of Ecological Transition of France, Barbara Pompili, to whom López Obrador thanked the Gallic country was that more pre-Hispanic objects would have donated to display “The greatness of Mexico” in an exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology inaugurated on the occasion of the commemoration. The President of Belize, the First Lady of Serbia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of India or a commander of the Italian Carabinieri made up the gargantuan diplomatic delegation that came to congratulate the president.

Finally, the commemorative act, in the commemorative Plaza del Zócalo, was followed by the ambassador of Spain to Mexico, Juan López-Dóriga Pérez, but no representative of the Sánchez Government has made an appearance. As the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, has declared, he has not received any invitation. The distancing of relations is palpable when one recalls the suspension of the Binational Commission, instituted in 1977 and consisting of the presence of several ministers from the two sister nations. Although it has been raised, no such meeting has been held during the Obrador Administration.

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The Mexican president gave a speech in which he praised the entry of the Trigarante Army (which defended independence). “It forever marked our political separation with Spain,” he said. “He did not cease to assert us when he defended the homeland against reconquest attempts that were accompanied by subordination to the Spanish Monarchy,” he continued in his appearance. To end with a “we do not forget, it is time for forgiveness.” These were the occasions in the repeated speech of the Mexican president who did not name Spain excessively. Other phrases such as “200 years since the oppressive yoke was released or centuries of repression and abuse ended” were other sentences with which the representation of Mexican Independence was broadcast, through a voice-over.

AMLO did not miss the opportunity to praise the role of the Pope Francisco “because he is a good Christian defender of the poor” after receiving his letter to ask forgiveness for the “sins” committed by the Catholic Church in Mexico.

Biden intervened through a prerecorded video in which he referred to the economic agreement that unites the two countries and exclaimed: “Since there is no friend as close as Mexico.” As an anecdote, after a talk by a Russian cosmonaut who thanked the Aztecs for studying space, Andrés Manuel praised from the pulpit the offer of Russian President Vladimir Putin for wanting to “send him doctors to recover from the covid.”

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