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Day of Indigenous Resistance 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Between 1921 and 2002, Venezuela celebrated Día de la Raza along with many other Latin American nations.

The original holiday was officially established in 1921 under President Juan Vicente Gómez.

In 2002, under president Hugo Chávez, the name was changed to Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) to commemorate the Indigenous peoples' resistance to European settlement.

On October 12, 2004 a crowd of pro-government activists toppled the statue of Christopher Columbus in Caracas and sprayed allusive graffiti over its pedestal.

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