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Ex-San Miguel Mayor Fighting to Keep México City’s Allende Metro Station

Estación Ciudad de México

Ricardo Villarreal

By Jesús Aguado

Ignacio Allende, favorite son of Guanajuato and the first military man who joined the fight for independence in 1810, has for years had a México City subway station named in his honor. However, some legislation is about to change that, and not everyone is happy.

Ex-San Miguel mayor Ricardo Villarreal has published an April 9 statement in the Gaceta Parlamentaria del Congreso Federal (Parliamentary Newsletter of the Federal Congress), exhorting the Comité de Administracion (Administrative Committee), the authorities for México City’s metro authority, and the government of México City to keep the Allende station’s name.

In his statement, Villarreal said that Generalisimo Don Ignacio Allende y Unzaga is a figure with great historical importante as the First Soldier of the Nation, a favorite son of Guanajuato, and the architect and main conspirator in México’s insurgency against colonial Spain in September 1810.

“This year, 2019, we commemorate 250 years of the birth of Ignacio Allende. Therefore it is fundamental to commemorate, dignify, and honor he who gave nationhood and liberty to Mexicans,” Villarreal’s statement said. “It’s the duty of Mexicans to defend with pride his name and legacy.”

Allende has a special importante to Sanmiguelenses, as he was born in the village of San Miguel el Grande—today San Miguel de Allende. His family home still stands in the Jardín and is used during Independence Day celebrations every year.

The México City legislatura passed the bill for the name change on February 14. It would change Allende Station, on México City’s Line 2, and Tlatelolco Station, on Line 3. Members of the PRD Party introduced the bill.

The Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metro (Metro Mass Transportation System) has now been instructed to change the Tlatelolco station’s name to “Dos de Octubre” (October 2), and the Allende station’s name to “Constitucion de la Ciudad de México” (Constitution of México City).

The “Dos de Octubre” name commemorates historical events in 1968, when protesting Autonomous University of México (UNAM) students were massacred by Mexican soldiers. The Allende station name change would pay tribute to México City’s constitution, according to the city’s local delegate, Valentín Maldonado.

 

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