What happened at Tlatelolco?

What happened at Tlatelolco?

Following a summer of increasingly large demonstrations protesting against the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico City, the Mexican Armed Forces opened fire on 2 October 1968 on unarmed civilians, killing an undetermined number, in the hundreds….

Tlatelolco massacre
Attack type Massacre
Deaths 350–400
Injured +1000

When did the Tlatelolco massacre start?

July 26, 1968
Tlatelolco massacre/Start dates

What happened in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics?

During their medal ceremony in the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City on October 16, 1968, two African-American athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, each raised a black-gloved fist during the playing of the US national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

Is Tlatelolco safe?

Tlalpan, Xochimilco and Tlatelolco Again, we recommend visiting these great places in Mexico City. However, we’ve included these three under one entry as after dark they all become pretty dangerous and should be avoided. As a rule of thumb, avoid any very northern or very southern neighborhoods in Mexico City at night.

Where did the Tlatelolco massacre take place in 1968?

Fifty years ago, on October 2, 1968, a horrific massacre of students and protesters took place at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas (Three Cultures Square) in the Tlatelolco housing complex in Mexico City. To this day many mysteries surround this event, but some clarity has emerged over the years.

What did Elena Poniatowska write about the Tlatelolco massacre?

Journalist Elena Poniatowska culled interviews from those present and described events in her book Massacre in Mexico: “Flares suddenly appeared in the sky overhead and everyone automatically looked up. The first shots were heard then. The crowd panicked… [and] started running in all directions.”

Who was the Minister of Interior during the Tlatelolco massacre?

In 1958 under the previous administration of Adolfo López Mateos, when Díaz Ordaz was Minister of the Interior, labor leader Demetrio Vallejo was arrested and peasant activist Rubén Jaramillo was murdered.

What was the exact date of the Mexican Massacre?

On Oct. 2, troops opened fire on a crowd of student demonstrators. Forty years later, the exact death toll remains a mystery. But official documents suggest that military snipers may have triggered the massacre. Mexico’s 1968 Massacre: What Really Happened? Mexico’s 1968 Massacre: What Really Happened?