Rigoberta Menchú, winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, denounced Donald Trump and his actions towards Mexicans in an event #Vámonos Respetando. The event gathered prominent journalists and activists to fight for an end to violence against women.
“I can’t believe that a U.S. presidential candidate speaking with such intense racism, with such unrivalled puritanism, can have support from U.S. citizens,” Menchú said. “I don’t merely think it is reprehensible. It takes us back to times when humans were the most racist and destructive—it takes us back to Nazi times.”
Menchú also called upon the UN to put an end to Trump’s candidacy. “It is important for the United Nations, with access to so many resources and programs against racism and discrimination, to react to people and countries that act in this manner,” she said. “In our countries there should be campaigns to counter this type of contemporary fascism.”
Gerardo Cándano Conesa, director of Grupo IMU, also attended the event #Vámonos Respetando and argued that violence against women, specifically feminicide, was an issue that dangerously affected the quality of life in Mexico.
Before ending her presentation, Rigoberta Menchú called upon people in the U.S. “I don’t know Donald Trump personally,” she said. “And I assure you that I will not meet him. But I’d like to note that there are also people with consciousness people in the United States who are also fighting this fight.”