‘The population of the pre-Columbus America was about 100 million, but during the next 150 years 95% of the indigenous peoples disappeared. I’d like to ask whether this can be called colonization, civilization, culturalization or evangelization? We must dispel the myth! Genocide! That’s what it was!’
President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez told this at the opening ceremony of an aqueduct in one of the God’s forgotten villages in the state of Zulia on October, 12th. The event was timed to the celebrations of the Indian Resistance Day (which used to be called ”Columbus Day”). In recent years Chavez has repeatedly commented on the genocide against the American Indians and accused not only European crusaders but the US invadors as well.