UNAM mourns students repression with black cloak and lights

The Rectory Tower of Mexico's National Autonomous University will honor those who died in Tlatelolco
UNAM mourns student repression with black cloak and lights
The superior part of the building features the number 68. Underneath, there is a dove wounded by the Mexican Army, and a sign that reads “Never again” - Photo: Taken from UNAM's official Twitter account
02/10/2018
20:04
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A dove with a bayonet stuck in its chest and the message “68 never again” were displayed for the first time in the Rectory Tower of Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the student repression of October 2, 1968.

The tower was illuminated with images projected to honor those who died during the movement. The superior part of the building features the number 68. Underneath, there is a dove wounded by the Mexican Army, and a sign that reads “Never again.”

In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, Gerardo Estrada, head of the University’s Cultural Promotion Division, stated that those symbols had been chosen because, in 1968, Mexico was chosen to host the Olympics, and the birds were used to call for peace and fraternity: “But in our country, the dove was hurt by the military forces. We should never forget these events.”

This morning, the building was covered with a black cloak: “This is the first time that the Rectory is covered as a sign of morning. It is not only the will of UNAM, but of the Mexican society as a whole, that a thing like the tragedy of October 2 never happens again.”
 

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