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1968: We've come a long way

50 years after the start of the 1968 movement, it's important to remember the events and how they have shaped Mexican history

1968: We've come a long way
A young student is savagely beaten by police officers, 1968 - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 23/07/2018 09:18 Mexico City Newspaper Leader Actualizada 09:20
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Every country's history has been marked by violent incidents that trace the difference between before and after in the creation of a better society. Mexico has several milestones that have contributed to shape the country we are in the 21st century.

In 2018, it will be 50 years since the events of October 2, 1968, in Tlatelolco, when the student conflict that took place during that time, was brutally repressed by the government.

A whole generation, and many of the following ones, adopted the movement's flag to demand political openness and condemn the abuses. Their demands can be summarized in one: democracy.

Since earlier this year, EL UNIVERSAL has published interviews with the main characters and showing new material, also, a special website was created and social media users have the option to follow the news about published research, and anyone can contribute with photos, documents or stories.

Today, exactly 50 years after the beginning of the movement, when quarrels between students from different high schools, and later, the police intervention, triggered protests, is the day when Francisco de la Vega's testimony is published. His words remind the obvious: thinking differently was paid for by going to jail and “almost with physical elimination”.

Just a few years ago, Mexico started to progress in regards to human rights. The victims have a voice and the right to complain against violent acts perpetuated by the government, but this only started 50 years ago. De la Vega is one of the two people that the government, through the Executive Committee for Victim Attention (CEAV), declared as a victim of oppression during the 1968 movement, on January 8, 2018.

The victim attention policies are an achievement, as well as the way the governments currently settle problems. Both processes are on a consolidation path. Civil society has won ground, although in some cases authorities seem to think it's a bargain.

To remember the painful 1968 experience should be useful to secure the rights we now have. To forget these events would only contribute to undo all the hard work.

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