López Obrador said the Spanish crown, #Spain’s government and the #Vatican should apologise to native people for the “most reprehensible atrocities” committed after Spanish conquistadors arrived in #Mexico in 1521.

“They deserve not just that generous attitude on our part but also a sincere commitment that never again will disrespectful acts be committed against their beliefs and cultures.”

The Catholic church played a key role as Spain colonised the Americas and spread its empire, setting up missions to convert indigenous people to Christianity.

López Obrador made a similar request last year in a letter to Spain’s King Felipe and the pope, but the Spanish government rejected the petition outright.

The pope did apologise in 2015 to Bolivia over the church’s role in oppression in Latin America during the Spanish colonial era.

In this month’s letter to the Vatican, López Obrador requested the return of three codices, including the Codex Borgia, an especially colourful screen-fold book spread across dozens of pages that depicts gods and rituals from ancient central Mexico. More Information Here!!

Spain’s neighbors in the European Union have also put forward similar ideas of tracking their citizens for vaccination.

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France is seeking to establish a registry of vaccinated citizens, alongside their health conditions. But this campaign is off to a slow start as officials look to build trust in the system. Polls in the country reflect utmost skepticism towards vaccination, with less than half of the French populations intending to get vaccinated. 

Other European countries appear to be following Spain’s example

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According to a poll by the Belgian state-funded Centre for Sociological Research, the number of respondents hesitant to take a COVID-19 vaccine dropped to 28 percent in December 2020 from 47 percent the previous month. The same poll also found that 40.5 percent of respondents were willing to have the vaccine. Meanwhile, 16.2 percent of respondents would avail of the vaccine if it is shown to be reliable.

Spain offers the COVID-19 vaccines for free as of writing, with the Spanish health service contacting those eligible to receive the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency.

Spain to maintain a list of people who refuse coronavirus vaccinations

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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Spain has said it would list down the names of people who refuse to be vaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). In a Dec. 28 interview with broadcaster La Sexta, Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said the list of individuals who refused vaccination would be shared with other “European partners,” but clarified that it would not be made public or shared with employers.

“What will be done is a registry … [to] be shared with our European partners … of those people who have been offered [the COVID-19 vaccine] and have simply rejected it,” Illa said. The health minister also noted that the list “is not a document which will be made public” and the data in it will be “treated with the utmost respect for data protection.”

Illa mentioned that the list was aimed at ensuring that there were no errors in the system and that any person gets the opportunity to be immunized against COVID-19.

“The way to defeat the virus is to vaccinate all of us, or the more the better,” he added. Spanish citizens receive the COVID-19 vaccine on a voluntary basis.

Spanish authorities later clarified to Deutsche Presse-Agentur that the register of people who rejected the COVID-19 vaccine was only meant to collect clinical data. Only those who showed up for immunization and then rejected it would be registered in the list, the Spanish authorities added. (Related: Vaccine industry pushing state laws to TRACK your “vaccine status” with pharma surveillance tactics – urgent action needed.)

The health minister’s announcement came amid mass COVID-19 vaccinations in the country. Ninety-six-year-old Guadalajara nursing home resident Araceli Hidalgo was the first person in the country to receive the coronavirus jab Dec. 27. A 48-year-old worker at the nursing home where Hidalgo lived was the second person to be inoculated.

Up to 20 million Spaniards are expected to receive the coronavirus jabs by June 2021, less than half of the country’s 47 million total population.

Storm Filomena blankets Spain with snow and wreaks havoc

Rare winter storm Filomena claimed several lives in Spain, burying large parts of the country under the biggest winter snowfall in a generation.

Five regions in Spain were put on red alert on Saturday, as winter storm Filomena caused chaos across the country.

The country’s capital Madrid was particularly affected, prompting the closure of Barajas airport and leaving hundreds of motorists stranded on roads.

Spain’s AEMET weather agency described the weather emergency as “exceptional and most likely historic.” Filomena has so far caused the heaviest snowfalls in Madrid since 1971.

nterior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said that by Saturday evening, emergency services and army snow ploughs had freed all 2,500 drivers stuck on the country’s roads.

Late on Saturday, the snowfall began moving off towards the northeast from central Spain after unleashing chaos in the region for almost 36 hours.

“Even if, despite the extremely difficult weather conditions, the number of incidents is relatively limited, we have three deaths to mourn,” Grande-Marlaska told the media.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez took to Twitter, urging people to stay indoors and follow the instructions of the emergency services.

The Spanish king and queen also expressed “pain” and “concern” for the citizens. Read More!!

More than a dozen regions affected

Several lives have been lost to the powerful storm. A couple died after they were trapped in their car when a river burst its banks near Malaga, southern Spain, while two homeless people froze to death, one in the eastern city of Calatayud and the other in Madrid, authorities said.

Police from the capital shared pictures of a precinct where the roof had caved in under the weight of the snow, adding: “Fortunately colleagues and relatives are OK.”

The President of the region of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, announced that schools and universities would be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Nine regions in the country have been put under the highest level of alert, including Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, Valencia and Aragon. Some 20 centimeters of snow is expected to be dumped on these regions on Saturday.

Nineteen other provinces are also under winter weather warning. A total of 36 of Spain’s 50 provinces will be affected in some way or another by Filomena.

In Toledo, a historic city of 85,000 south of Madrid and capital of the central Castilla La Mancha region, authorities had to seek help from the army to clear roads.

A record low temperature of -35.6 degrees Celsius (-32 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded at Vega de Lourdes in Leon, northern Spain, AEMET said.

Meanwhile, in the southern Canary Islands, rainfall and strong winds have paired with unusually rough seas with giant waves, leading emergency services to rescue 65 people from a ferry that ran aground while trying to approach a dock in the Gran Canaria island.