The statue, which has for many years held pleasure of place on the Paseo de la Reforma, will probably be changed by a memorial to the nation’s indigenous ladies, mayor Claudia Sheinbaum introduced.
The Columbus statue was eliminated earlier than final yr’s Columbus Day, often known as “Day of the Race”, reportedly for restoration.
It had been repeatedly defaced by activists who denounced Europeans’ conquest and suppression of Mexico’s indigenous peoples.
The mayor stated the Nineteenth-century bronze statue could be shifted to a “worthy” however much less outstanding location elsewhere within the metropolis.
She stated the European imaginative and prescient of the “discovery of America,” was usually related to Colombus, despite the fact that civilisations existed for hundreds of years earlier than his arrival within the Americas in 1492.
“In fact we recognise Columbus. However there are two visions,” Ms Sheinbaum stated.
“There’s one other imaginative and prescient from right here, that in actuality a European arrived in America, who made an encounter between two locations, after which got here the (Spanish) conquest,” she added.
Statues of Columbus have been a supply of rigidity for activists throughout widespread protests by the Black Lives Matter motion in the US final summer time.
In accordance with CBS Information, not less than 33 Columbus statues have been eliminated throughout the US final yr.
Reuters reported that Ms Sheinbaum is a detailed ally of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who got here to energy with the promise to defend poor and indigenous communities.
The Related Press reported that when the statue was eliminated final yr, Mr Obrador stated that Day of the Race was a date “that may be very controversial and lends itself to conflicting concepts and political conflicts.”
Desaparecer, quitar monumentos y otros elementos arquitectónicos y artísticos y que forman parte de la gran identidad de la Ciudad de México, sin siquiera preguntarle a los ciudadanos, me parece una arbitrariedad.
— Felipe Calderón (@FelipeCalderon) September 6, 2021
Former Mexican president Felipe Calderon took to Twitter to criticise the statue’s removing.
“To vanish, take away monuments and different architectural and inventive parts which might be a part of the nice identification of Mexico Metropolis, with out even asking residents, it appears arbitrary to me,” Mr Calderon stated.
This yr marks the 700th anniversary of the founding of Tenochtitlan — the previous capital of the Aztec empire and what’s now Mexico Metropolis — in addition to the five hundredth anniversary of its fall to the Spanish conquistadores, and the two hundredth anniversary of Mexico’s closing independence from Spain.
An estimated 55 million individuals died between 1492 and 1600 within the Americas, many on account of illness, battle and famine. Columbus has been accused by protesters of enabling a genocide of indigenous populations.
Ms Sheinbaum stated she is hopeful that the alternative statue “Tlali” could be erected by this yr’s “Day of the Race” on October 12.