More than 5,000 people took part in a march this Saturday in memory of the victims of the massacre in Tlatelolco Square, during which the Mexican army opened fire on a group of student movement protesters in 1968.
Under the motto “October 2nd will not be forgotten”, the participants, including activists, young people, anarchists and children, asked for justice and preserved the memory of what happened, according to the Mexican media “Millennium”.
After several files in which poems were read and speeches made, the march passed through the streets of Mexico City with a few isolated cases.
For example, a group of anarchists threw Molotov cocktails at the police. According to the Secretary of State for Mexico City, Martí Batres, three agents were slightly injured in the confrontation.
Despite the incident, the march was mostly peaceful. It ended in the Zócalo of Mexico City, where a meeting was held by relatives of two young people from the Ayotzinapa case and where a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the victims of Tlatelolco.
Estimates of the number of people who died when the army opened fire on students in 1968 vary. The massacre began around 6 p.m. when unknown police, military and armed men surrounded the square and opened fire from armored vehicles and tanks with heavy artillery.
They shot at the students who had gathered in the square and at the apartment buildings that surrounded it. The government eventually turned over 44 bodies, although other sources put the death toll at more than 300.