Latino Cultural, Intellectual and Political Leaders Sign Declaration Against Trump

Latino Cultural, Intellectual and Political Leaders Sign Declaration Against Trump
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On Tuesday, cultural, intellectual and political Latino leaders signed a statement criticizing Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, TIME reports.

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"We refuse to keep silent in the face of the alarming declarations of the candidate for the presidency of the United States Donald Trump," the statement, published on Univision, though not associated with the Spanish-language network, begins.

"His hate speech appeals to lower passions like xenophobia, machismo, political intolerance and religious dogmatism. All of which inevitably reminds us of the past campaigns that have been directed against other ethnic groups and that have resulted in the deaths of millions of people. In fact, the physical aggressions against Hispanics and repeated calls to prohibit the public use of the Spanish language have already started," the declaration continues.

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More than 50 leaders signed the letter, including Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz, actor-director Diego Luna, filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, former Mexican ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhán, Chilean ambassador to France Jorge Edwards and many professors, scientists and public figures.