Zapatero puts weeds on the black legend in an act in Mexico with Monedero and Garzón

The former president of the Government, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, attended in Mexico a meeting of the so-called Puebla Group to support the left in South America with Andrés Manuel López Obrador and that had as participants, among others, the former president of Brazil Dilma Rousseff, the former president of Colombia Ernesto Samper, the former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa and the former president of Paraguay Fernando Lugo. The president of Argentina and founder of the Puebla Group, Alberto Fernández, that of Bolivia, Luis Arce, and the former president of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva also participated remotely. In addition, they came Juan Carlos Monedero and Baltasar Garzón.

From there, the participants supported the proposal of the Mexican president of Taxing the World’s Richest People and Businesses to Fight Poverty. “The post-pandemic world needs a more generous reconstruction, with less inequality and with less hunger. This proposal already has the support of President Alberto Fernández (Argentina), Honduras is going to join, Bolivia is going to join,” said the former Brazilian minister of Education Aloizio Mercadante at a press conference to conclude the group assembly held in Mexico City.

Zapatero assumes the black legend

Zapatero also took the opportunity to talk about other issues before the media, such as the black legend, joining the revisionist current in Latin America. Far from taking the opportunity to respond to the attacks on Spain launched by Amlo himself a few months ago, Zapatero maintained that “there is no problem” in “recognizing that all peoples, cultures and civilizations have bright moments under their belt and very sad moments.” .

More recently, the Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro he aligned himself with López Obrador, demanding that Spain apologize for the conquest. “Spain has to make a great historical rectification of the crimes committed by the Spanish empire against the peoples of America, it has to make a great recognition and ask (…) forgiveness from the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean for the crime horrible that was committed against our grandparents, “said the Chavista in an act broadcast by the state channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).

Dialogue in Venezuela

In addition to assuming the discourse on the black legend that Ibero-American revisionism advocates, Zapatero defended, once again, that the dialogue between the Government and the opposition of Venezuela “It is the only way” for the country. In his opinion, the dialogue between the two parties, which was suspended several weeks ago after the extradition to the United States of the Colombian businessman, should be resumed. Alex Saab.

“The dialogue should be resumed to advance in what seems to me to be the most important in the background, which is to recover basic consensus, the spirit of coexistence and the recognition of one party towards the other,” added the former president of the Government.

Greater integration in Latin America

During the press conference that he offered in which Mexican media were able to ask him about various issues, Rodríguez Zapatero also insisted on the need for the integration of Latin American countries. “Hopefully at some point we would reach an international political community, a kind of global government. But for now the regional integrations are very important,” he said.

In addition, he opined that the entire region is moving towards the progressivism and that there will be no room for the extreme right. “Thinking of the continent, it is very important Chile’s election, I think the extreme right will not win. I also think that (Jair) Bolsonaro will lose, and even in Colombia there may be a change, “he said.

In this sense, he asserted that the region “has said a clear yes to progressive democracy, inclusive, diverse and social“in the face of far-right proposals that, after the government of Donald Trump in the United States, will not be more successful.

Regarding interference and the role of the United States in relation to Latin American integration, Rodríguez Zapatero shared that would like the United States to make a “greater effort” to understand Latin America, while the south of the continent struggles not to give in to pressure, something only possible through union.


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