The Mexican government has formally apologized to the Mayan people on the grounds that the Mayan people have treated the country’s indigenous people unfairly for hundreds of years.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Andrés Manuel López Obrador) said at a meeting with the President of Guatemala in the south of the country: I sincerely apologize for the actions of individuals, national governments and foreign units.”
The apology occurred on the eve of local and regional elections in Mexico. In addition, this year is the conquest of Mexico by Spanish colonists 500 years ago.
In his speech, López Obrador mentioned the caste war (or: Guerra de Castas) between the Maya and the Mexican government, which killed 250,000 to 300,000 between 1847 and 1901 people. The President also admitted that the Maya continued to suffer from racism and discrimination from other Mexican populations.
In Central America, especially in Guatemala and southern Mexico, there are an estimated 6 to 9 million Mayans. Now, the term “Maya” has become a collective term for dozens of ethnic groups including Yucatec, Akatec and K’iche. Today, many of them make a living from unpaid work or tourism.