Catalan foreign minister contacts Native American officials to 'dissociate' himself from Spanish counterpart
Josep Borrell saying "four Indians" were killed during US independence shows "heartlessness and insensitivity," says Alfred Bosch
The Catalan foreign minister, Alfred Bosch, has sent a letter to four American Native members of US Congress and the main associations supporting this community to "dissociate" himself from the latest controversial Spanish counterpart remarks.
"All they did was kill four Indians," said Josep Borrell on Tuesday to justify why the United States is more politically integrated than other countries.
His comments sparked outrage, especially in the American native community –on Friday his Catalan counterpart, Alfred Bosch, said in the letter that Borrell's remarks show "heartlessness and insensitivity towards the genocide of the American natives."
"From the Government of Catalonia we want to dissociate ourselves from these unfortunate and uninformed declarations"
Alfred Bosch · Catalan foreign minister
"At the same time, they betray a deep ignorance of American history –precolonial, postcolonial, and revolutionary– by overlooking the existence of indigenous Nations," he added.
Unfortunate and uninformed declarations
"From the Government of Catalonia we want to dissociate ourselves from these unfortunate and uninformed declarations," he wrote.
Deb Haaland, Sharice Davids, Markwayne Mullin and Tom Cole are the four members of the US Congress who will receive Bosch's letter, as well as the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Native American Rights Fund.