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A popular statue of Christopher Columbus in the heart of Mexico City has been placed on a notice for removal and is to be replaced by a sculpture of an Indigenous woman, a Mexico City officials has announced.

The statue which had been standing on the Paseo de la Reforma boulevard for over 100 years, but on Sunday the mayor of the capital city, Claudia Sheinbaum, said it was time for a change of landscape and to make way for a monument that delivers “social justice.”

The mayor said “We are announcing that the Columbus roundabout will very soon, in October, become a great recognition of the 500 years of resistance of the Indigenous women of our country, we owe it to them.”

Christopher Columbus considered to be a divisive European explorer had his famous statues removed last year during #blacklivesmatter protest that started in America when a black American name George Floyd was malhandled and killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest after a store clerk suspected Floyd may have used a counterfeit $20 bill.

And in Mexico, the removal has been tagged “for restoration purposes”, and to be replaced by a more native figure, but this time a woman.

“It’s very important to dedicate a monument to indigenous women and to the Earth, because if anyone can teach us how to take care of this planet, it’s our native peoples, and that is precisely what we must learn again,” a sculptor named Pedro Reyes said, according to Mexican newspaper El Universal.⁠

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