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Injustice for indigenous

2019 has been a tumultuous year in Latin America. Former General Secretary of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, Guyana-born Rev Mike James writes on one aspect of the political upheaval.

In the history since 1810 of independent Latin America, all the hundreds of presidents of the republics have been either Spanish colonial descendants, mestizos (mixtures of mainly Spanish and indigenous) or in a very few cases mulattos (mixtures of Spanish and black descendants of African slaves).

There are only two exceptions where members of the indigenous (Amerindian) populations, the only people inhabiting the entire region at the time of Columbus and the Conquistadores, have had the unique achievement of becoming Presidents of a Latin American country.

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