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US involment?[edit]

were the US involved in the incident? who did they support? how close where they involved? im not sure on any of these things but i find it hard to believe that the US wernt messing with a south American country in the late 60s, even if nothing can be confirmed could a mention be put somewhere as to the us position before and during the matter?Xbehave 18:28, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

Ok, first of all, Mexico is a North America country. Not Central American, and surely not South American. Please study some geography. Second of all, YES, there was some US participation in what is known in Mexico as the "Guerra Sucia" (Dirty War). Mexican right-handed paramilitar groups were trained by CIA operatives. It is known that hig ranked Olympia Batallion officers attended the School of America, a CIA operated training center for counter-intelligence operations. Besides from that background, there is not reported direct participation of US operatives in the incident. It is even said that Mexican high officers did not inform US operatives about what was going to happen. --Legion fi 06:24, 14 June 2007 (UTC)


Hi the imdb link is no good. I found this film Mexico 68 but it's not scheduled for release until 2009. Avigon 18:23, 18 July 2007 (UTC)

New information that needs to be added to main page[edit]

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Oriana Fallaci, a famous italian reporter was there and she suddenly noticed how a a helicopter flew very close by. The helicopter was a militar one, and someone inside it threw an incandescent light into the crowd below.

Fallaci immediately knew that it was a militar tactic -she had been in Vietnam months before- to identify the start of a militar plan. Hundreds of troops -who were dressed as civilians and were mixed with the crowd- then revealed their true identity by screaming: Batallon Olimpia!!! (Olympian Batallion) and placing a white handkerchief or glove on their right hands. Without warning, they started shooting to the people in the plaza. The scared civilians ran to the apartments buildings and churches nearby to avoid death, but many of them were found by searching parties.

The neighboors to this day claim that the plaza was covered with blood and empty shoes when everything was over about 11 o'clock that same night. Oriana Fallaci was shot three times, but was saved from death by a man that covered her from more bullets - but the guy died from the shots. International reporters counted over 400 bodies in the plaza, and 200 more on the sorrounding streets. But the next morning everything was clean.

Bodies were picked up by militar vans and blood was cleaned by the city's hygiene department. The government declared oficially only 23 deaths, and set the proper indemnizations to the affected family.

But where all the bodies went???

According to retired soldiers of the Olympian Batallion, at least 500 bodies were taken to the grounds of Militar Camp Number 1 located in Mexico City too. There, they were burned to ashes in big bonfires. Many people were taken into custody, including six thirteen year-old boys who were so viciously raped and tortured that one of them ended up using a wheelchair the rest of his life. The rest of the detainees went either to jail or dissappeared... Those lucky enough to go to jail were questioned and the majority was released.

Despite the civil outrage, the president nothing important happened that fatal evening and happily lighted the torch of the Olympic Games a mere two weeks later.

Almost forty years later there is still very little official information about the event. Only there are reports from the international press and a bunch of books by many activists who were there and some others who investigated it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:18, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

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Unaccurate information (Tlatelolco Massacre Article)[edit]

On the article about the Tlatelolco Massacre there's a photograph of the modern facilities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores) citing below that this building stand where the massacre took place, this is completely wrong, this modern building is located near Juarez Avenue near the downtown in Mexico City, while the actual square where the massacre took place is about a mile north right next to the old building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the apartment complex Nonoalco Tlatelolco. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:05, 15 August 2010 (UTC)

POV tag added[edit]

...for obvious reasons. The article reads like an airbrush out of Pravda, and is completely in violation of Wikipedia neutrality policy from one end to the other. (talk) 21:29, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

The photo of the Mexican Foreign Ministry is wrong[edit]

The photo of the Mexican Foreign Ministry is wrong: it shows the new site of the Foreign Ministry in Avenida Juarez, opposite Parque Alameda, a good two kilometres distant from the old site overlooking the Plaza de las Tres Culturas. I have been a resident of Mexico City for over 6 years.Ocoineagain (talk) 08:05, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

Terribly Biased.[edit]

My problem with the article is that it is completely one-sided. All references to the government or the military depict said officials as demons, while references to students depict the protesters as angels. Some Examples:

"The government-controlled media dutifully reported the Mexican government’s side of the events that night, but the truth eventually emerged." Oh how the tides have turned now, no?
"The students had congregated outside an apartment complex in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Tlatelolco for what was supposed to be a peaceful rally. Among their chants were ¡No queremos olimpiadas, queremos revolución! ("We don't want Olympic games, we want revolution!")." Contradictory? Given the protestors' affinity for Zapata and Guevara, I'd say that their proposed revolution wouldn't be peaceful.
"The massacre began at sunset when police and military forces, who were equipped with armored cars and tanks, surrounded the plaza." Of all the footage and photos I've seen, I've yet to see a tank.
"Demonstrators and passersby alike, including youngsters, journalists (one of which was Italian Oriana Fallaci), and children, were hit by bullets and mounds of bodies soon lay on the ground." Certainly an incendiary statement...
"The Role of the US Government." This section...aside from the fact that half of it has nothing to do with the US Government...fails to show any role on the part of the US government. What it shows (and what the referenced source shows) is reporting and analysis from various agencies within the US government. But the weatherman isn't responsible for the rain. Additionally, the section erroneously leads readers to believe that the US suppled the Mexican Army with weapons specifically for this event. Not at all the case. In reality the US has supported the Mexican military with materiel since the end of WWII, independant of protests or massacres that have occurred. The section and the referenced document fail to link the US military supplies to the protests. What I see in the referenced document is that the US provided radios, mortar fuses and gun powder. The Mexican Army did not use mortars. The Mexican Army's use of radio communication did not contribute to the massacre (the "prearranged signal" to open fire was supposedly flares dropped from a helicopter). Above all, the materiel was provided for security during the Olympics.

I'm not trying to defend the PRI or justify the murder of unarmed civilians. We can all acknowledge that massacres are bad and unjust. That being said, this article--as it stands now--is not written in a manner that accurately reports the event without bias. It is filled with emotion and more often than not editorializes the massacre. The article completely fail to capture the influence of the communists, of Emiliano Zapata, or of Ernesto Guevara. My understanding of the event leads me to believe that the crux of the Mexican Government's (PRI's) concern over the protests (from which they based their response) was founded on their concern over this. Why doesn't the article include these concerns? Including such concerns in the article would move it towards unbiased. --Lacarids (talk) 18:45, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

The basic point, that "this article--as it stands now--is not written in a manner that accurately reports the event without bias. It is filled with emotion and more often than not editorializes the massacre" seriously needs to be addressed. It was frustrating to read. (talk) 17:06, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

I would think that regardless of your opinion and apparent justification for the murder of unarmed students if they happen to not share your interests or theories on how their country should be ran, the article is sourced and follows the documentation available in Mexico of the event. It is a shame that you do not think that reality accurately matches the event, but that is what happened according to the survivors, and the government accounts have been discredited and relegated to the dustbin of history. Like the government itself which ruled with an Iron fist and uninterrupted since the mexican revolution until recent times.

Perhaps you should read a little bit of history and be open for facts that don't match your political views, or agenda. The concerns of the government about losing its single party hold over Mexico are noted, but can hardly be seen as legitimate any more than Tiannamens massacre can be.

The fact is that a well documented massacre of unarmed civilians for their political views took place just in time to remove them from existence before the Olympic games.

For your convenience, I include a link to a site by rightist newspaper "La Jornada" giving another description of the events (IT is, however in spanish, you can see a tank, nonetheless, which you mentioned you didn't see before, showing perhaps, the lack of thoroughness in your research, or the insuficiency of it:

As much as whitewashing the events might be desirable for your particular views, I can say that they don't match the reality of what happened, which has been thoroughly documented by survivors, as well as films.

I would love to see what your understanding of the events is based on beyond rightist propaganda. Some of your comments (specially the one about Oriana Fallaci) plain contradict the facts, re: There were mounds of bodies, and she was shot, several times. Children were shot, as well, which can be easily proven by this picture of a dead child from the aftermath:

Please bother to at least check the sources and facts in the future. (talk) 06:07, 21 April 2011 (UTC)

Ahm... "La Jornada" rightist? Just to clarify the anon, "La Jornada" is one of the most LEFTIST newspapers in Mexico, in fact, I think it is the only leftist newspaper in the country and it sometimes even borders in the extreme left. The newspaper is controlled by what is known in politics as the caviar left ("gauche caviar" in french), in this case the Mexican caviar left.
About the original comment, I can agree that some of the language used is a little inflammatory. I don't have a lot of time right now, but I will eventually check the article and make some adjustments of tone. Unfortunately, most of Lacarids arguments are a little unsourced. I don't want to get into a topic discussion but, also just to clarify, the media at the time did covered up the information, including reputed news persons like Jacobo Zabludowski, who later admitted ashamed that he had indeed distorted the facts in favor of the government. Also, the second argument about a possible armed revolution is absolutely POV. The world revolution means change, and there are no sources indicating that the catch-phrase "...queremos Revolucion!" meant an armed movement. The third disputed phrase, about the tanks, is a little misguiding. The plaza was already surrounded by military with armored cars and tanks at sunset. But it is true that light tanks where used, specially to corner fleeing protesters. I haven't checked throughly the section about the U.S. involvement, but one thing is true: The Olympia Batallion, a paramilitar squad in charge of the Olympics security, was trained in the School of Americas, a CIA operated institution specialized in counter-insurgence. That is the direct link to the massacre, because the Olympia Batallion was the responsible.
I repeat that I haven't checked the article completely, but yes, the military should not be presented as demons. In fact, most of the army men present at the plaza thought that they were reacting defensively to a provocation by the students. In reality, snipers of the Olympia Batallion, posted at the nearby Chihuahua building, started shooting against students and the military to provoke the latter. There is only one sourced report that a student was indeed armed, but the pistol he was carrying was not shot as he was detained by infiltrated Olympia Batallion elements even before the actual massacre started.
In conclusion, I will take a look at the article and try to address the biased tone where needed. --Legion fi (talk) 15:25, 23 April 2011 (UTC)
"You can see a tank, nonetheless, which you mentioned you didn't see before, showing perhaps, the lack of thoroughness in your research, or the insuficiency of it:" That's not a tank, you dolt! That's a tankette!
"I would love to see what your understanding of the events is based on beyond rightist propaganda. Some of your comments (specially the one about Oriana Fallaci) plain contradict the facts" How does the statement contradict the facts? It does say she was shot, and it says that mounds of bodies lay on the floor. (talk) 00:48, 29 June 2011 (UTC)


I still stand with my position that this page should be merged with the article of Mexico 68. Hell, even this article has more data of the movement itself than the other one. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:08, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

I vote against merger. The massacre was a significant event in its own right. The student movement of 68 in Mex City was context, but not the same event. Both deserve separate articles. jackbrown (talk) 20:59, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
Oppose. The movements occurred throughout most of the summer and in other months too. The massacre should have a separate article. ComputerJA () 21:57, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
This aricle has much more information than the one on Mexico 68 (which no one calls it that, BTW). The Spanish version redirects to this article (the Massacre). I agree that the Massacre is another event, but it's extremely linked to the movement and posting it as its separate article could make it lack context. I propose that the Massacre be a subsection in an article (or merge the contents in the Mexico 68 article with this one. (talk) 06:32, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Good article for expansion[edit]

El Universal just published an article claiming that the CIA hid several valuable documents regarding this event. It's very complete, and it has several videos of experts and analysts regarding this massacre. Please it out if you want, I highly recommend it.[1] ComputerJA (talk) 18:05, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

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Documentation of Goverment Snipers[edit]

There seems to be a lot of references to "government documents made public since 2000"

"But government documents made public since 2000 suggest that the snipers had been employed by the government. Estimates of the death toll ranged from 30 to 300, with eyewitnesses reporting hundreds dead"[2][3][4][5][6][7]

From a cusory glance, i cant find any direct refrences to these documents and researching the subject i found this article,, from 2003 which states:

"Finally, not one document declassified by the U.S. government discusses at any length evidence that government agents operating as snipers from the windows of the Tlatelolco apartment complex may have initiated the massacre of October 2. The Defense Intelligence Agency in particular - which had defense attachés gathering intelligence on the Mexican military at the time - should have produced internal cables, memoranda and analyses discussing the presence of government snipers."

Can anyone find these documents that state the snipers were agents of the mexican govenment? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:05, 3 September 2015 (UTC)