The 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre has grown in Mexico's historical consciousness as a symbol of how far its government is willing to go in order to silence dissent
In this August 28, 1968 picture, an M8 Greyhound armored car moves through a crowd at Mexico City's Zócalo, photo: Wikimedia
02 of October 2017 21:52:39
Still dealing with grief after the earthquake that hit Mexico on Septembe 19, claiming the lives of over 350 people, Mexicans have come together to face one of the darkest passages in the country's modern history: the government-orchestrated shooting of hundreds of protesters at Mexico City's Square of Three Cultures on Oct. 2, 1968.To remember the tragedy, Comité 68, along with several civil organizations and human rights groups, will be heading a demonstration to take place in Mexico City at 4:00 p.m. The march will take off from the Square of Three Cultures, in Tlatelolco, and will continue all the way to the city's Zócalo.
A press release posted on Comité 68's Twitter profile states that the demonstration will not only remind everybody of the government's corruption back then, but also show how today's authorities are no different, as shown during the aftermath of the Sep. 7 and Sep.19 earthquakes. "These catastrophes have thrown light on the corruption, dishonesty and incompetence of our government when it comes to protecting the integrity of its citizens," says the press release.The demonstration also intends to recognize and honor the Mexican people, particularly the country's youth, for their efforts aiding earthquake victims. "In the midst of tragedy, Mexico's youth took to the streets, occupied schools and, by thousands, set up caravans and aid brigades," it says.In response to the demonstration, Mexico City's Public Security Secretariat (SSP-CDMX) will deploy 4,200 police officers on the streets. The officers will stand alongside the routes traveled by the demonstrators to maintain order and security.some estimates go as high as 350. To this day, the number of victims remains uncertain.
¡Hoy marcharemos juntxs por la verdad y la justicia! Saldremos de Tlatelolco a las 4:00pm rumbo al Zocalo. pic.twitter.com/LcvdPri9J3— Comité 68 (@comite68) 2 de octubre de 2017