Subversive Historian 10/02/08

The Tlatelolco Massacre

Exactly forty years ago on this day in people’s history, demonstrators, most of which were students, were massacred by Mexican police and army forces. On October 2nd, 1968, hundreds of peaceful protesters were murdered and arrested under the regime of President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz in Tlatelolco, Mexico City. The violence erupted just ten days prior to the scheduled opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in that country. Student activists in the revolutionary spirit of 1968 had been protesting for months leading up to the massacre demanding the resignation of the chief of police, freedom for political prisoners, and the repeal of anti-organizing articles in the penal code Prior to the Tlatelolco Massacre, the Pentagon sent the Mexican military radios, mortar fuses and gunpowder. After the bloodshed, the U.S. Ambassador urged financial assistance to the Mexican government should there be continued violence supposedly caused by students.

Had there been competition in human rights abuses in the 1968 Olympics, rest assured that both the Mexican and U.S. governments would have been strong competitors for the medal rounds in that event.

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