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Tlatelolco Massacre: 100,000 People March for Truth, Justice

Almost 100,000 people flooded the streets of Mexico City to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tlatelolco massacre when state forces opened fire against civilians protesting state repression and demanding respect for university autonomy. Students, artists, LGBTI groups, Indigenous groups, and survivors of the massacre that left between 200 and 300 deaths gathered to tell the government they will not forgive or forget. 

50 years after the massacre that took place on Oct. 2, 1968, the exact number of people murdered and disappeared remains unknown and only one person, Luis Echevarria Alvarez, who led Mexico's intelligence agency at the time, has been charged. 

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The Tlatelolco massacre was perpetrated 50 years ago when members of the military, police, and a state-sponsored paramilitary group opened fire against a group of peaceful protesters .
The Tlatelolco massacre was perpetrated 50 years ago when members of the military, police, and a state-sponsored paramilitary group opened fire against a group of peaceful protesters . Photo:EFE
"A helicopter flew over and released three flares, two green, and one red. Immediately after, shots were heard … and I saw people starting to fall to the ground," a survivor shares her experience on that day.
"A helicopter flew over and released three flares, two green, and one red. Immediately after, shots were heard … and I saw people starting to fall to the ground," a survivor shares her experience on that day. Photo:Reuters
50 years later, activists are still demanding truth and justice for the relatives of those killed, disappeared, and detained.
50 years later, activists are still demanding truth and justice for the relatives of those killed, disappeared, and detained. Photo:EFE
The massacre
The massacre's survivors also joined the protests in Mexico City. Photo:EFE
"It was the state." Demonstrators also protested against the government of Enrique Peña Nieto and the disappearance of 43 rural students of Ayotzinapa. 
"It was the state." Demonstrators also protested against the government of Enrique Peña Nieto and the disappearance of 43 rural students of Ayotzinapa.  Photo:Reuters
Mexico has witnessed a surge in political violence in recent years.
Mexico has witnessed a surge in political violence in recent years. Photo:Reuters
Artists joined the demonstrations to call attention to the persistent phenomenon of disappearances.
Artists joined the demonstrations to call attention to the persistent phenomenon of disappearances. Photo:EFE
1968-2018. Tlatelolco and state brutality "is not forgotten."
1968-2018. Tlatelolco and state brutality "is not forgotten." Photo:Reuters
Published 3 October 2018
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