October 2nd 1968-We can not forget
America, specifically the Federal Government and our CIA, have blood on their hands. They aided and abetted the brutal murder of untold numbers of Mexican citizens in what has become known as The Tlatelolco Massacre. Thank you to Peter, an anonymous commenter here, for reminding me of this day in Mexico’s history. It is Mexico’s Tiananmen Square.
From the intro to the GWU archives on this incident, which were released on the 30th anniversary of the massacre:
To commemorate this thirtieth anniversary, the National Security Archive has assembled a collection of some of our most interesting and richly-detailed documents about Tlatelolco, many recently released in response to the Archive’s Freedom of Information Act requests, all obtained from the secret archives of the CIA, FBI, Defense Department, the embassy in Mexico City and the White House. The records provide a vivid glimpse inside U.S. perceptions of Mexico at the time, and discuss in frank terms many of the most sensitive aspects of the Tlatelolco massacre which continue to be debated today: the political goals of the protesting students, the extent of Communist influence, Diaz Ordaz’s response, and the role of the Mexican military in helping to crush the demonstrations.
But while the declassified U.S. documents reveal new details about Tlatelolco, perhaps most important is the challenge their release poses to Mexico today. Thirty years after the massacre, the Mexican government continues to deny its people basic facts about what happened — refusing to open Army and police records to public scrutiny on the grounds of “national security,” denying Congress the right to hear testimony by agents of the state who were present at Tlatelolco. The valiant investigative efforts by reporters, scholars, historians, and an official congressional committee have helped clarify the events of 1968 enormously. But Mexico’s secret archives are also critical for a full understanding of Tlatelolco — and until they are opened, doubts about the truth of the Tlatelolco massacre will linger on.
Will all the truth ever come out? Somehow,I doubt it…but a thank you to all the hard work done by Kate Doyle to get the truth released to the world. Oh, and thank you again Peter for reminding me.