In this Sept. 18, 2018 photo, Enrique Espinosa shows a magazine photo in which he and other demonstrators are being detained by armed soldiers during the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico City. As Mexico marks 50 years since the killings of student protesters at Tlatelolco plaza, the massacre remains an open wound. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexican students massacred by army in 1968, by gangs today

October 01, 2018 - 12:07 am

MEXICO CITY (AP) — When soldiers massacred as many as 300 people at a student protest in Mexico City's Tlatelolco plaza on Oct. 2, 1968, the killers wore uniforms. Today, students in Mexico say they are still under attack, but now from thugs, drug cartels, paramilitaries or rapists.

Today's student activists — and even the graying veterans of the 1968 democracy movement — acknowledge they now have free speech, something the '68 generation fought for. But they say the impunity remains the same; nobody was ever convicted for the 1968 killings.

As Mexico marks the 50-year anniversary of Tlatelolco on Tuesday, the massacre remains something of an open wound: Nobody knows exactly how many died when soldiers opened fire on a peaceful demonstration.

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