Mexico's President apologises for 1911 Torreon massacre

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Mexico's President apologises for 1911 Torreon massacre

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks at the National Palace in Mexico City on April 20, 2021 during his daily morning press conference. PEDRO PARDO AFP MONTERREY, Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador issued a formal apology on Monday for the 1911 massacre of 303 Chinese in the northern city of Torreon.

The president said that the Mexican state will not allow for racism, discrimination and xenophobia in the future.

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The massacre, from May 13 to 15, 1911, occurred in the midst of the Mexican Revolution, as rebels fighting under Francisco I. Madero took control of the city of Torreon.

Over 300 Chinese were killed and their homes and businesses were burned during the massacre.

The event was attended by Chinese ambassador to Mexico Zhu Qingqiao, high-level Mexican officials, including the heads of the army and navy, and foreign and interior ministers.