October 2nd, 1968 – 40 Years Ago Today: Massacre in Mexico City

by on October 2, 2008 · 5 comments

in Civil Disobedience, Civil Rights, Media, Organizing, World News

Memorial to those who fell October 2, 1968 in Tlatelolco, Mexico City.by Daniel Hernandez / Intersections / October 2, 2008

Forty years ago today the Mexican government opened fire indiscriminately on a crowd of peaceful protesters at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Tlatelolco, Mexico City, killing still-unknown numbers of students, bystanders, and demonstrators. The operation was a brutal smashing of the grassroots movement for social reform that had swept across Mexico and the world in that turbulent year, 1968.

Troops opened fire on protesters in La Plaza de las Tres Culturas - APOctober 2 is a date that forever remains a dark mark on the Mexican calendar and the Mexican psyche. Its significance in the country’s history has been finally recognized with a permanent exhibit and UNAM cultural center at the former foreign relations ministry complex near the plaza. Today there are marches planned by the Comite 68, survivors who are still seeking justice, and by various student and youth groups from the Tlatelolco plaza, to the Zocalo.



In late 1968, Mexico was getting ready to host the Olympics. But social tensions were also simmering.
oct2c.jpg Security forces opened fire on a crowd protesting against the government in Mexico City's Tlatelolco Square. Hundreds were rounded up but the number of dead remains unclear to this day. As the security forces continued the crackdown, the government said some 30 people, including police officers, had died, which was grossly inaccurate, basically beginning the government's cover-up which lasted decades. Here soldiers are cutting protesters' hair. But families of people who went missing, rights groups and the media believe the true figure is around 300. There was an official silence about the massacre for many years and subsequent inquiries shed little light. No-one has ever been punished

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guadalupe January 31, 2011 at 9:43 am

everything that happened is there and there is enough evidence and they still say that nothing happened. what else do they want to lie about? do they still want to lie to us after we see every thing that really happened


Rosie April 19, 2011 at 11:27 am

The government was very wrong and unjust. They are cowards to deny the pain they inflicted. PEOPLE NEEDE JUSTICE!!!!!


Dawn June 6, 2011 at 6:16 am

I was born on that very day, October 2, 1968.


sarah November 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Thanks for the images- very helpful.


savannah christopher September 9, 2015 at 7:59 pm

My birthday is on Oct. 2 but in 2000 did this really happen to then people I feel sad for her people


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