"Decid, ¿con qué derecho y con qué justicia tenéis en tan cruel y horrible servidumbre aquestos indios? [...] ¿Estos, no son hombres? ¿No tienen ánimas racionales? ¿No sois obligados a amallos como a vosotros mismos?"
"Say, with what right and with what justice do you have these Indians in cruel and horrible servitude? [...] Are they not men? Do they have no rational souls? Are you not bound to love them like yourselves?"
Yesterday I paid a visit to Fray Antón Montesino, famous for the sermon he delivered in December 1511, publicly denouncing the atrocious acts of the Spaniards against the native Taino–first inhabitants of the Dominican Republic. His was one of the first and most radical denunciations of the abuse by Colombus and his croonies, as he turned into a major defender of human rights. Fray Anton's gigantic statue towers above the skies of Santo Domingo's Colonial City and the Caribbean Sea, neglected for many years and finally in the plans for a major restoration.