Mexico remembers massacre 40 years later

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Today, people of all ages will march in memory of a mass killing that took place 40 years ago in Mexico City. It’s an event that remains one of the darkest in the country’s recent bloody history.

On Oct. 2, 1968, the country was gearing up for the opening of the Olympics in Mexico City but Mexico -- like many other nations around the world -- was in the midst of a student movement.


Hundreds of peacefully protesting students, men and women, were shot dead by government forces in Tlatelolco’s Plaza de las Tres Culturas near the city’s center that night.

The Mexican authorities have yet to establish the facts of what happened on Oct. 2, 1968, despite efforts on the part of the families and groups representing those killed.

Earlier this year, an exhibition opened just off La Plaza de Las Tres Culturas in Mexico City in memory of the events of that night.

You can watch a video about that tragic night and the new show in its memory, below. On Friday, we’ll have words and pictures from today’s marches across the city.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City

Photo: A monument in the center of La Plaza de las Tres Culturas, Tlatelolco, Mexico City, remembers the hundreds of people killed or ‘disappeared’ on the night of Oct. 2, 1968. Credit: Deborah Bonello / Los Angeles Times