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#DontMessWithMexico: The “Halconazo” Massacre, 43 Years Later


Image by Jacobo Nájera, used with permission.

Alberto R. León, a blogger from Mexico specialized in free software, literature, and transmedia stories, shares on website MasDe131 (More than 131, es) how Mexico City remembered the 43rd anniversary of the Corpus Christi massacre, or “Halconazo“:

Diez de junio ha sido un día complicado en las calles de la Ciudad de México, ya que en las avenidas del centro se conmemoró un año más de aquel fatal 10 de junio de 1971, cuando por órdenes de la presidencia, fuerzas policiales reprimieron con brutalidad una manifestación de estudiantes de universidades y preparatorias que exigían cosas no muy distantes a las que se exigen el día de hoy: libertad a los presos políticos, libertad de expresión, alto a la represión, mejor calidad de vida, mejores trabajos y por supuesto, mejor educación. Aquel hecho […] dejó como resultado la sangre de una juventud indignada, muerte, desapariciones y una gran cantidad de lesionados. […] La acción del día diez nos dejó algo en claro, tenemos que manifestarnos, sí, pero también darle un giro a la lógica para hacerlo. […] El fomento de la creatividad, la participación activa de las personas, la integración y la pluralidad son tan sólo algunos de los aspectos que este tipo de acciones pueden tener.

June 10 has been a hard day on Mexico City streets because downtown they commemorated one more year since that fateful June 10, 1971, when police forces following presidential orders brutally suppressed a high school and university student rally, which had demands not that different from today's demands: release of political prisoners, freedom of expression, the end of repression, better quality of life, better jobs and, of course, better education. That incident […] ended in the blood of outraged youth, death, disappearances and a great number of injured people. […] The actions on the 10th made something clear, we have to protest, yes, but also rethink how to do so. […] Fostering creativity, active participation by some individuals, integration and plurality are are just some of the aspects these kind of actions can have.

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