Luis Donaldo Colosio Riojas visited Lomas Taurinas, the Tijuana neighborhood where his father was assassinated on March 23, 1994. He did so on . of campaigning for mayor of Monterrey, the first executive position to which he will aspire in his recent political career.
He made his debut in 2018, sweeping – in the midst of the López Obrador fever – in a local NL deputy election. For the new contest he could be a candidate for governor —according to polls, the only one competitive against Morena’s candidate, Clara Luz Flores—, but he chose to seek to govern the city where he has resided since he lost his parents.
Colosio has no significant rivals (although the PRI’s Cienfuegos will spend a lot of money reviling him). In a blunt way, he marked a distance with Senator Samuel García, MC’s candidate for governor: a young politician like him, but distinguished more by outbursts than by intelligent proposals.
Perhaps due to the adversity that marked him, Colosio was born grown up. His youth is not only fresh but also serious. « This place, instead of representing a tragedy until the end of time, has to be vindicated and serve as the beginning of a new stage for this country, » he said in Lomas Taurinas, to later highlight a lesson inherited from his parents: “My revenge will be my forgiveness. Before starting this new stage, I come here to forgive, but also to invite all my people to forgive with me ”. Forgive who? Colosio spoke of:
– « The cowards » who took his father from him.
—The murderer who took his life « the product of uncertain, desperate and possibly forced circumstances that he was going through at that time. »
—The political institutions (read PRI) that « have usurped my father’s name and benefited from him for their empty political projects. »
—The judicial system that « far from helping to procure the truth, insisted on destroying any possibility of doing justice to a crime. »
Colosio specified in Lomas Taurinas that he forgives because it is « the right thing to do, » because there is no transition to peace without an authentic exercise of reconciliation, and « because it is my own responsibility to take this step forward. »
Without forgiveness there is no future, Desmond Tutu proclaimed. Colosio may think the same.