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*Washington D.C., October 2, 2018*—Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of
the notorious Tlatelolco massacre, when the Mexican government killed
dozens of students and bystanders protesting the authoritarian regime in a
public plaza at Tlatelolco, Mexico City. Across the country, citizens are
commemorating the event with marches and rallies, *conferences,
exhibitions, and performances* <http://ccutlatelolco.com/>.

But even as Mexico acknowledges the legacy of the student movement of 1968
and grieves the long-ago slaughter of its young leaders, the Mexican
government has quietly removed, censored, and reclassified thousands of
previously accessible archives from that era. The General Archive of the
Nation (AGN) defends its actions by citing a 2012 Archives Law and new,
stricter requirements to protect personal privacy. But the results are
heavy-handed to the point of absurdity, as even the most widely known and
published records about Tlatelolco and other flashpoints of the dirty war
have now been rendered illegible by censorship.

The AGN’s reclassification project is a retreat to Mexico’s old, tired
reflexes of disinformation and denial when it comes to politically
threatening histories. It reflects the determination of State power to
limit or distort what people understand about the past. And it goes
hand-in-hand with five decades of impunity for those who planned and
executed the crackdown on student protesters in 1968 and injustice for
their victims.

No one has ever been held accountable for the mass slaughter of civilians
by Mexican military and security forces. At the time, President Díaz Ordaz
lied about who was responsible, blaming radical students for igniting the
confrontation by shooting at army troops that surrounded the crowd. In
fact, independent investigations have concluded that Díaz Ordaz’s chief of
staff – on the president’s order – placed snipers inside apartments
overlooking the plaza to fire into the crowd. The ensuing chaos was
intended to provide justification for sweeping arrests.

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