Mexico’s official independence day is Wednesday.
And to mark it, a small group of indigenous peoples has organized a peaceful demonstration in the capital, Mexico City, to commemorate the country’s independence from Spain.
The event, called the Independence Day Independence Day, is meant to highlight the importance of the independence struggle against Spain and to honor the indigenous people of the country, said Juan Carlos Gonzalez, an organizer of the event, who is also an activist and member of the Mexican Indigenous Peoples Alliance.
On Monday, the National Indigenous Day Foundation in Mexico City announced that it would hold a march and march in the center of the capital.
In a Facebook post, the foundation called the event “an opportunity to celebrate the historic independence of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, in an atmosphere of peace, solidarity and unity.”
The indigenous leaders of the province of Chiapas said they planned to march on Sunday.
They also plan to march the next day, in the same area, in order to commemorate Mexico’s independence day, the statement said.
They called for the “free, open and democratic participation of the people of Chiapa.”
“This is not a protest, it is a celebration of the sovereignty of our people,” said the statement, which was posted on the foundation’s Facebook page.