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Mexico students v the state: Anniversary of 1968 massacre reopens recent wounds

October 2, 2018

Mexican army snipers from the Chihuahua building fired on student protesters in this square in Tlatelolco on 2 October 1968.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Tlatelolco massacre, when the Mexican army slaughtered scores of student demonstrators in the heart of Mexico City on the eve of the 1968 Olympic Games.

A memorial to the murdered students stands beside a colonial church and ancient Aztec ruins in Mexico City’s Plaza de las Tres Culturas.

I took a few photos at the scene of the massacre for this BBC news report by my friend Stephen Woodman.

Every 2 October, demonstrators gather at the scene of the massacre to commemorate those who were killed.

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