Thursday, October 02, 2008

Tin Soldiers and Díaz Ordaz Coming

Today is the 40th Anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. Of the countless massacres in Mexico's bloody history, it's really hard to overstate the importance this one had in shaping the country's political and civic life. Think Kent State meets Tiananmen Square, or imagine if the police had opened fire on the students outside the Democratic Convention in Chicago, leaving hundreds dead in the street, and then denied the whole thing, and you can begin to imagine the effect this had.

We'll leave the profound political commentary to others, but here's a pretty good documentary on the day's events. It's in Spanish, but the pictures are really worth mil palabras.

(But if it's a thousand words you want, try the National Security Archive.)


Anonymous said...

That was amazingly brutal!! I didn't have to understand Spanish to know what was happening. It was horrible.


Burro Hall said...

Welcome to Mexico!

MexFiles guy said...

That "Discovery Channel" documentary is very good and well-worth watching for those who still can't understand why Mexicans don't trust the cops, or those foreigners who think Mexicans favor using the Army in police matters.