By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) launched a series of 15 commemorative events to mark the country’s 200th independence anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 14, 1831.
The first event in the series took place in Cuilapan, Oaxaca, where Afro-Mexican independence hero, abolitionist and former President Vicente Guerrero was executed on Feb. 14, 1831.
The solemn ceremony commemorating the anniversary of Guerrero’s death was attended by Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of U.S. civil rights activitist Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as by AMLO and Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat.
The president also noted that his Argentine counterpart Alberto Férnandez will be attending another of the 15 commemorative events in Iguala, Guerrero, on Feb. 24, Mexico’s Flag Day, which marks the proclamation anniversary of the 1821 Plan de Iguala, the initial document that declared Mexico’s independence from Spain.
Although Mexico’s battle for independence began in 1810, it was not until 1821 that the country actually gained its political freedom.