Venezuela will propose before the Political Council of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) the creation of a Truth Commission to clarify the historical facts of the 300 years of European colonialism in the lands of the Americas.
This was announced this Tuesday by the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro Moros, during his intervention in the central commemorative act for the 529 years of the Indigenous Resistance, held at Miraflores Palace.
In his message, he explained that the proposal will be sent in a letter addressed to the Pro Tempore Presidency of CELAC, held by his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
He pointed out that researchers, historians and anthropologists would join this commission “so that from CELAC they communicate with the old European empires and establish the truth of what happened in these lands” in order to reconstruct the history of the genocide perpetrated against the peoples originating from our Americas.
He announced that he will also address a letter to King Felipe the 6th of Spain, with respectful reflections on the offense that the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Day represents to the historical memory of indigenous peoples:
“I am addressing you a letter with reflections from the hearts of our people, with great respect, but also putting you in the circumstances of what is the historical pain that our peoples had to endure and that every time Spain goes out to celebrate, to dance on October 12, it offends the historical heritage and values of our people”, he emphasized.
In this context, he pointed out that Venezuela joins the voices of the Americas that “have risen to demand the King of Spain to reflect and apologize to the Americas for the genocide”.
“Spain, sooner rather than later, will have to recognize that there were 300 years of crimes against our indigenous peoples. A barbarous stage of colonialism”, he predicted.
Against neo-colonial fascism:
Before a representation of the 37 indigenous peoples of Venezuela, the Venezuelan Head of State rejected the emergence of fascist currents in Spain that seek to justify colonialism, an action endorsed by extremist sectors of the European right wing.
“That extreme right wing is a threat because they want to raise fascist flags from the claim of the genocide that took place against our people, against our country”, he emphasized.