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Mexico's Leader Willing to Repatriate Remains of Strongman Diaz

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7Dnews London

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:28 GMT

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has expressed his willingness to repatriate the remains of late strongman Porfirio Diaz providing the bones of a revolutionary who fought against him could also be sent back to Mexico.

According to Reuters, Diaz is buried in Paris and is often cited by Mexico's left as a toxic example of dictatorship as he spent a total of 31 years in absolute power until 1911, a period which is known as the "Porfiriato". 

Speaking on Tuesday, June 18th, Lopez Obrador declared that if his remains are sent home, he would also want those of Catarino Garza, who fought without success to overthrow Diaz, to be repatriated as well. 

"If this happens, you could at the same time bring back the remains of revolutionaries who confronted him," said Lopez Obrador, referring to Garza and calling him "a forgotten revolutionary." Garza led an 1891 revolt near the US border. 

"He was pursued by the Texas Rangers, by the US Army and the Army of Mexico at the time," the president added. Garza was buried in Panama, where Lopez Obrador once visited his grave. 

Till this day, turmoil remains on Mexico's border with Texas. Meanwhile, the United States threatens to impose tariffs on Mexican goods if Lopez Obrador's government does not do more to stop illegal migrants from crossing the border. 


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