MEXICO - President Apologizes for Historic Abuse of Mayans

Arno Froese

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador gave a speech at an event in Quintana Roo marking the 500th anniversary of Spanish conquest and 200 years of Mexican independence from Spain. In the speech, he apologized to the indigenous Mayan people for the historic abuse they have undergone during the centuries since the Spanish conquest. 

“We offer the most sincere apologies to the Mayan people for the terrible abuses committed by individuals and national and foreign authorities in the conquest, during three centuries of colonial domination and two centuries of an independent Mexico,” López Obrador said, as reported BBC News

López Obrador focused specifically on the period between 1847 and 1901, when the so-called Caste War revolt took place, claiming the lives of over 250,000 Mayans.

The apology is a recognition of the suffering and slaughter of the Mayan people and will be an important milestone to Mayan leaders and those who are working on reconciliation efforts within communities., 4 May 2021

Arno's Commentary

For a political leader to apologize for the mistreatment and wanton killing of the original inhabitants of the land is heroic. On the continent (North and South America), Europeans established 35 sovereign countries. The most spoken language is Spanish, closely followed by English, with Portuguese third. There have been many heated debates and papers written about the historic impact of these conquests, both positive and negative. Sources by authors from among the original inhabitants, have made bitter accusations regarding the conquerors.

What we know, however, is that with the conquest of the continent, the precious Gospel was preached and continues to thrive in many countries. Thereby the Church is being built, fulfilling the prophetic words of Jesus: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14). How long will the time be? Paul answers: “blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (Romans 11:25b).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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