The PAN senator Lilly Téllez criticized the Mazatec ritual, originally from the Cañada region of Oaxaca, which was held in the National Palace on the occasion of the Day of the Dead and questioned that while President Andrés Manuel López Obrador carried out a “clean”, continue to reject the use of face masks in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ex-morenista described the ritual as “the idealization of ignorance” and demanded that there be more science and not what she called “hoax”.
This Saturday, at the inauguration of “A flower for each soul”, the National Palace offering that brought together the worldview of 20 indigenous nations to honor the fatal victims of Covid-19, the President and Dr. Beatriz Gutiérrez received a blessing in the Mazatec language.
Thank you for your message and for keeping the beautiful tradition of the Day of the Dead alive.
The President is loved and admired by many citizens, but he does not set a good example for them by doing a “clean” in the midst of the tragedy of illness and death from COVID.
Mouth covers yes, “clean” no. https://t.co/BHys60GX5A
– Lilly Téllez (@LillyTellez) November 2, 2020
Said act was in charge of Professor Teresa de Jesús Ríos García, current head of the Coordinating Center for Indigenous Peoples of Huautla de Jiménez and the first woman to hold this position.
In the Spanish translation, the teacher’s words were a prayer for the federal president and his wife “to conclude their assignment without problems, and for the benefit of Mexico.”
Likewise, Ríos García asked for the victims of the coronavirus, and for the cessation of the disease, which “does not give freedom to Mexicans.” The teacher also highlighted the importance of the Day of the Dead, and of honoring those who have passed away.
Given this, Téllez demanded that the president instead of resorting to these practices of the native peoples, set the example and use the mask.
“The president is loved and admired by many citizens but he does not provide a good example by making a ‘clean’ in the middle of the tragedy of illness and death by Covid. Mouth covers yes, ‘clean’ no,” he said when questioned by users of indigenous peoples who criticized his sayings.
Accused before Conapred?
Given this, the deputy Elisa Zepeda Lagunas (Morena), president of the Permanent Delegation of the 64th Legislature of the Oaxaca Congress, asked the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (Conapred), to intervene in the face of what she described as discriminatory statements on the part of the senator, for her expressions on the Huautla de Jiménez ritual.
Elisa Zepeda is the representative of the Mazatec peoples and communities in the Oaxaca Congress, which is why she assured that Téllez cannot understand the indigenous worldview that exists in Oaxaca and throughout Mexico.
And he assured that Téllez’s sayings make visible the distance that for years has existed between those who represent the popular voice and the true people.
“The wisdom and ancestral worldview comes from our roots that, fortunately in Oaxaca, colonialism failed to extinguish,” he said.
For this reason, he urged Conapred to act to prevent the indigenous peoples from being scourged once again by popular representatives: “An attempt to disappear what makes us unique as a nation, a multicultural nation, should not be allowed once again. do not understand it is not prepared to be a popular representative “, said the deputy.