Raelians to stage October 12
Protests in front of Columbus monuments and Spanish embassies
LAS VEGAS, OCT. 11 – While many people in the Americas celebrate Columbus Day on Wednesday, Raelians will protest in front of statues of Columbus and outside Spanish embassies to express their support for Native Americans, whose ancestors were decimated by the colonizers.
“Columbus Day is an insult to the victims of the multiple genocides committed by European colonizers.” Rael
In a recent interview, Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement, said the celebration of Columbus Day is an insult to the victims of the multiple genocides committed by European colonizers in the Americas.
“It’s shameful to celebrate Columbus Day because it celebrates the extermination of 100 million Native Americans,” Rael explained. “We are still mourning the genocide of 6 million Jews in Europe, but the killing of 100 million Native Americans is a cause for celebration? This is shameful. The whole planet should be reminded of the true story: the violent destruction of the Native American people [by European colonizers] that included rapes and pillage.
He added, “A large museum explaining the holocaust of Native Americans should be built in Washington, D.C., where all the Native American survivors could come to commemorate their ancestors on Native American Day.”
Rael also advocates “true decolonization.” Here are some excerpts from his interview:
“The growing trend to ban Columbus Day in some countries and even in some U.S. states is wonderful but not enough,” Rael emphasized. “It’s time for a de-Christianization campaign; indigenous people who are betraying the memory of their ancestors by practicing the religion of the colonizers should apostatize.
It’s also time for their de-Europeanization. They should refuse to use anything coming from the colonizers, such as costumes and names.”
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