October 2nd: 55 years since the Tlatelolco massacre

We publish an unofficial translation of a report of the demonstrations against the Tlatelolco massacre found on the webpage Solrojista.

On the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Tlatelolco massacre that took place on October 2nd, 1968, various combative demonstrations were held in the country. Their epicenter has been Mexico City with a highly combative character. Here’s the report of the main actions.

Chiapas. Students from the “Jacinto Canek” Intercultural Bilingual Teacher’s School marched on the San Cristóbal-Tuxtla Gutiérrez federal highway towards the municipality of San Cristóbal de las Casas, which on January 1st, 1994 witnessed the Zapatista uprising. At the rally held in the town hall they remembered the events of the massacre of October 2nd in Tlatelolco and those glorious days of January 1994 when the people in arms organized in the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) took over at least 5 municipal government seats in Chiapas. Also in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the students of the “Mactumatzá” Rural Teacher’s School marched, which gave this day an important character in the context of war that the entity is experiencing where criminal groups and the Mexican army have imposed a scenario of terror and counterinsurgency against the population, although the bureaucrat AMLO says that “nothing is happening.” Retaking the streets with mobilization and class struggle is important to keep the dignity and faith in the forces of the people alive. The Teacher student comrades have done it in an exemplary way, with slogans, graffiti and organization challenging State terrorism.

Oaxaca. The Teacher’s Student Coordinator of the State of Oaxaca (CENEO), which brings together the 11 public Teacher’s Schools of the entity, carried out a combative march from the “Fuente de las 8 regiones” to the city’s main square. Despite the rain that fell, the students maintained organization and combativeness with slogans and graffiti on the facades of banks and transnational companies. As expected, a provocative scenario was set up against the teacher students’ colleagues, since lately the order of the private security employees is to attack the protesters; After this attack, the teacher students responded with more graffiti and a Molotov cocktail at the facilities of a corporate company that squeezes working people.

Mexico City. With a banner that said “No to military power, let’s organize People’s Power” the march started from the Plaza de las Tres Culturas towards the Zócalo. The contingent, as usual, was led by Committee 68 (made up of survivors) and supported by the Federation of Socialist Peasant Students of Mexico (FECSM), which brings together the country’s rural teacher student’s movement. The Fathers and Mothers Committee of the 43 was also present, as well as many democratic organizations such as the CNTE. The slogan October 2ndis not forgotten, it is a combative struggle! Could be heared as the demonstration of thousands of people passed by. Indeed, the People’s movement does not forget, and among the graffiti that were registered there was mention of Omar García Harfuch, who, as director of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto, participated in the preparation of the “ historical truth” of the regime after the disappearance of the 43 teacher students from Ayotzinapa. García Harfuch recently served as Secretary of Public Security in the Mexico City government with Claudia Sheinbaum and is now Morena’s candidate for Head of Government of said city. Something that the October 2nd march has highlighted is that García Harfuch’s grandfather, Marcelino García Barragán, was nothing less or more than the Secretary of National Defense during the government of Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, that is: one of the murderers of Tlatelolco. As expected, there were some skirmishes with the riot police who again attacked the contingent as they passed by. At the corner of Pino Suárez and Palacio Nacional a confrontation occurred when the riot police fired pepper gas and tear gas against the young combatants who resisted and returned blow for blow; Some Molotov cocktails were also thrown at the pigs there. In his narrative, the bureaucrat AMLO insists that “Mexico has a loyal army”; But the crimes committed against the people have been marked by the ‘military boot’ since the constitutionalists murdered Zapata and Villa, and this was established as a norm with the so-called dirty war to this day.

Below, we share the bulletin that was distributed yesterday afternoon.

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