Mexican president reiterates call for unity

13:29, September 17, 2010      

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon reiterated call for unity Thursday, a day after Mexico's massive celebrations of its 200 years of independence.

"Through unity, we Mexicans have overcome challenges and setbacks." Calderon told the audience in Mexico City.

Calderon did not make any substantive policy statements, announce any new statistics or make any new promises.

The audience included the president of the Supreme Court, the president of Mexico's lower legislative house, the president of the nation's upper house and the president of the National Human Rights Commission.

In his speech, Calderon called on Mexicans to fight for freedom, saying that it was this ideal that motivated the 1810 independence movement to overthrow Spanish rule in the territory then known as New Spain.

"That is why, 200 years later on Sept. 16, we evoke the ideal of 1810 as the founding moment of the great nation. As Miguel Hidalgo said, the goal is to rid ourselves of this yoke and become independent," he said.

Hidalgo was the Catholic priest that started the nation's independence movement by ringing a bell in Dolores Hidalgo in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato and shouting "Viva Mexico" which became the nation's rallying cry in the long independence war.

Calderon said that he considered freedom and unity to be the founding stones of Mexico's republic and the reason the independence movement succeeded.

"In 1821, the union of rival groups, that of Guerrero and that of Iturbide, resulted in the dreamed of achieving independence," Calderon said.

Vicente Guerrero and Agustin Iturbide each led armies seeking independence for the new nation, but had sharply different political ideals.

"Beyond their individual visions, the dream of freedom and the sentiment of unity realized itself," Calderon said.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张心意)

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