The PP continues to be entangled with the conquest of America at its national convention. First it was Isabel Díaz Ayuso, from New York, who charged the Pope for his words on the occasion of the bicentennial of the independence of Mexico. Francisco had urged “to recognize the mistakes made in the past, which have been very painful”, which was interpreted as a request for forgiveness for the excesses of the conquest. Later, former president José María Aznar ridiculed the apology that the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has expressly made to the indigenous people. And finally, this Friday, the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, has joined the thesis of his two party colleagues and has defended that Spain “does not have to apologize” to the indigenous Latin Americans. Casado has spoken like this in an act together with the former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón, a guest at the PP convention, who has asked the Spanish “not to fall into the trap of those who sow storms.”
Casado has aligned himself with the thesis of Aznar and Ayuso, although he has done so with kinder words towards Mexico. “From Spain we do not have to ask for forgiveness, but we have to give thanks to a common history that has been the greatest milestone of humanity after Rome: Hispanidad”, he has expressed before the watchful eye of Calderón. “Thanks to Mexico from Spain and with the great pride of feeling like a sister nation”, added Casado. The popular leader has vindicated the “historical bond between Mexico and Spain” and stressed that “miscegenation, learning and mutual contributions built better societies.”
Married’s meeting with Calderón this Friday was uncomfortable precisely because of the controversy that has surrounded in recent hours the confrontation between prominent leaders of the PP and the Mexican authorities on account of the conquest. The president was the star guest of the day at the PP national convention, which is held this Friday in Cartagena (Murcia), and has spoken with the popular leader on “growth against inequality.”
The controversy has broken into her talk and neither Casado nor Calderón have eluded her. The Mexican president has made a speech that invited to put aside the divisions, in what has seemed like a slap on the wrist on both sides. The former president has declared himself “proudly Mexican.” “I am not indigenous. I am not Spanish. I am deeply and proudly Mexican, proud of my roots, of all, ”he said. At the same time, he has confessed that he hates and curses “the atrocities of Núñez de Guzmán” (in reference to a Spanish conqueror) but also blesses and appreciates “the blessings of Vasco de Quiroga” (first bishop of Mexico). “I declare myself proud to be Mexican, and I say to my own compatriots: let’s not fall into the trap. Here what is sought is to divide ”, has opined.
At the same time, Calderón has addressed the Spanish. “And I tell you here in Spain: don’t fall into the trap of those who sow storms. Let’s not fall into the trap of dividing Mexicans. ” The message has remained in the air without knowing if it was directed to some of Casado’s colleagues in the PP. The popular leader has closed with conciliatory words: “It cannot be better said.” And those attending the PP convention have decided that it was better to end the conversation with applause.