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Mexican Indian group files complaint over official's mocking

Mexican Indian group files complaint over official's mocking comment

Mexican Indian group files complaint over official's mocking

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- An indigenous group has filed a discrimination complaint against Mexico's top electoral official after he caught on tape speaking in a halting, broken Spanish that appeared to mock Indians.

The human rights prosecutors' office in the north-central state of Guanajuato says the State Indigenous Council filed the complaint.

The office said Thursday it is forwarding the complaint to the National Human Rights Commission.

Electoral institute head Lorenzo Cordova apologized for the remarks, saying they were illegally recorded during a private conversation.

Cordova laughingly quoted a Guanajuato Indian as saying something roughly translatable as, 'Me say, us get congressmen or me no allow elections.'

About 6.5 percent of Mexico's population speaks one of about 60 indigenous languages. Though most also speak Spanish, they sometimes have an accent or use different grammar.


Updated : 2021-09-26 14:47 GMT+08:00