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

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Troops opened fire on protesters in La Plaza de las Tres Culturas - APWhen I traveled in Mexico in the late 1970s, I would often come across political graffiti that read “gobierno asesino” with ‘remember October 2’ inscribed on walls or fences. These referred to the huge massacre in Mexico City of protesters on October 2, 1968, right around the time of the Summer Olympics in that city.

Fifty years ago today. Thousands were killed by the bullets of soldiers and police in an unbelievable display of authoritarian might in our southern neighbor. This mass murder came down at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Tlatelolco . The protests in Mexico City mirrored upheavals around the world that explosive year – in Paris, in Prague, in Chicago. Yet no where else, did a government simply murder so many of its own citizens as in Mexico City.

Every now and then, the OB Rag has taken a moment to remember this day. And here are the posts we usually run:

Memorial to those who fell October 2, 1968 in Tlatelolco, Mexico City.

Memorial to those killed at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Tlatelolco,Mexico City, on Oct. 2, 1968

by Daniel Hernandez / Intersections

Editor: The following was originally published in 2008.

[Fifty] 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.

October 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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