History Summary: The Tlatelolco Massacre Of 1968

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The Tlatelolco Massacre In In the summer of 1968, Mexico was experiencing the beginning of a new student movement. The students sought liberal reform from the political system in Mexico. These students were determined to reveal the realities of poverty and misery and corruption in their country. (Guttmann) They were involved in different movements that would lead up to one event that would change the lives of everyone, “The Tlatelolco Massacre of 1968”. A day that ended the lives and shattered the dreams of many people. This event was the confirmation that the government could not be trusted and their lives would be determined by the actions they would take. This day would be brushed underneath the carpet and never spoken about for the sake…show more content…
After hours of student resistance the military was called in to handle the situation. The obstruction ended when the soldiers killed some of the students by blasting the main door of the National Preparatory School in San Ildefonso with a bazooka. The National University oversaw the Preparatory School, so the involvement of university officials and students was inevitable. In the following hours, the students decided to organize and protest against the violence exerted by the riot police. Over the following months, mexico-city' class='brand-secondary'>Mexico City witnessed a series of student protests and rallies. (Diaz-Cortes)The demonstrations and activities in the summer of 1968 was directed against the Mexican government 's suppression of the growing student and social movements. Students thought that the government would hear their demands but instead they were greeted with a clear message from the president: "No more unrest will be tolerated." The army proceeded in the following days to seize the National University, with virtually no resistance from the students, and later the National Polytechnic Institute, with active and violent student resistance. (Diaz-Cortes) After these events the students decided to meet again on October 2nd 1968 not knowing this would be the day that tragedy would strike…show more content…
This event would forever change the lives of many. People would stand together to speak out freely. They recognized that changes had to happen and they would have to stand together to make them happen. They would not rely on anyone else but their own people. They would have to stick together to fight back. The government will not destroy them again. They will speak out and be heard. Their freedom of speech will be heard and the government will no longer hold them in silence. The 1968 massacre would be a remembrance to each student who stood against the government for what they
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