A Decade of Protesting Christopher Columbus Plays Out at Mission San Juan Capistrano Today

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Columbus Day was marked Monday, but some folks in no mood to celebrate explorer Christopher Columbus arrive outside the gates at Mission San Juan Capistrano at 11 this morning for "Orange County's 10th annual Anti-Columbus Day Protest."

"Concerned members of the community," who include everywhere-agitator Naui Huitzilopochtli, explain their reasons for the protest after the jump . . .

"In the last 500 years since Columbus invaded our lands," reads the group's announcement, "in addition to the terrorizing of our Anahuac people, the theft of our lands and the theft of our wealth and natural resources, we have seen: the enslavement of our people; our life-or-death forced conversion to Christianity; the destruction of our Anahuac cities; the burning of our libraries; the execution of our leaders; the theft and/or destruction of our cultural wealth; the theft of our labor; and the theft of our true Anahuac identity, history, heritage, and theology."

While some see the mission as a historical marker of Europeans "civilizing" California, others see it as our Old World version of Dachau.


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Meeting and greeting Indians, 1492.

Here's video from last year's protest:




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Mac
Mac

Will these protesters EVER realize that the energy they spend complaining about Columbus is totally wasted? Rather than venting frustration over something that cannot be changed, If you feel you HAVE to protest something, do it over something that will have a worthwhile effect. Never mind, that would require thinking.

Pjd Jmj
Pjd Jmj

If the Spanish killed off most of the Indians (Orientals, descendants of those who came from Asia) how come we see them everywhere, every day? Mexicans are, after all, Indians from Mexico, unless they are the few who are of European descent. Those few are the ones on Mexican TV.I would suggest those who protest at Old Mission are uninformed troublemakers who use Aztec aliaes and should learn history. The Aztecs were bloody dictators who terrorized anyone and everyone so to take a supposed Aztec name and then complain about the Spaniards is ridiculous. Visit the altar outside Mexico City where they sacrificed little boys, cutting out their hearts and eating them while the heart was still beating.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Of course they would protest Chris Columbus... What About Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo? Or does that name sound to much like the names of the protesters? 

mitch young
mitch young

I hope he shaved that thick, full beard, which he apparently was sporting a few years back (youtube). Real injuns don't have facial hair.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Even if I agree, what's the point?  You're not getting the land back and we're too poor to give you any cash; so, suck it up and get on with life. 

Viva Cortez, Viva Pizarro!!!
Viva Cortez, Viva Pizarro!!!

Thousands of children were slaughtered in their bizarre backward religious rituals.  Thank god European Christians put a stop to that barbarism otherwise it would still be going on today.  Now the raza cosmica just cut off their rivals heads and hang the corpses from overpasses.

mitch young
mitch young

They should get together with the Mujos to protest San Juan Capistrano -- aka Giovanni di Capistrano.

" Finally, after the taking of Constantinople, he succeeded in gathering troops together for a crusade against the Turks (1455), which at least helped to raise the siege of Belgrade, which was being blockaded by Mahommed II." 

There's a great portrait of him in the Basilica, wielding a sword. Priests weren't pussies in those days.

sacrosanct
sacrosanct

Should have been aborted, pendejo!

mitch young
mitch young

OC Weekly monikkers are the best, LOL.

909Jeff
909Jeff

No... not at all.. They were legit ass kickers!

Siege Of Fort Jesus
Siege Of Fort Jesus

Thanks Mitch. I'm hoisting a ale made by Belgian monks. Happy Columbus Day

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