I have such big feels about this.
Mis padres y abuel@s
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On October 2, 1968, the Plaza of the Three Cultures in the Tlatelolco apartment complex in Mexico City filled up with thousands of students and Tlatelolco residents. The students and residents boldly defied army troops and escalating government brutality. This was happening as hundreds of international journalists gathered in Mexico City for the 1968 Olympic Games, which were just about to get underway.
As darkness fell, soldiers, tanks, and police secretly surrounded the crowd. At a preset signal, helicopters, undercover agents in the crowd, two columns of soldiers advancing in a pincer movement, and tanks opened fire. Over 300 people were murdered and thousands wounded and jailed on that October 2 evening—known as the Massacre of Tlatelolco.
With this savage act, the U.S.-controlled regime of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) hoped to isolate and terrorize the student upsurge. Instead, the massacre exposed the real nature of the government—and compelled many people in Mexico to grapple with the question of what it will take to bring about real change.
The massacre of Tlatelolco is still an open wound for the Mexican people. 44 years later, in this year of stolen elections and with the PRI’s return to Presidential power, we’re sadly reminded that things haven’t changed.
Pero aunque no sigan callando, no se olvida.
However, los estudiantes did not defy the armed troops in a way that many might believe. It should be stressed that the provocation to these events are not due to the fact these students decided to protest against a corrupt presidency—a government that even before Oct. 2nd were involved in the deaths of la gente mexicana—but that blame should be placed on the Mexican government who tactfully carried out this massacre, especially to ensure peace for 1968 Olympics. At the worst that can be said about the protesters were that some of the students took it upon themselves to throw heavy coins, which many poor Army men picked up.
La verdad to this horrific tragedy is that the mexican government employed snipers who were instructed to shoot at the troops below in attempts that blame would be placed on the protesters thus inciting the massacre. The Mexican government’s President Diaz Ordaz justified their actions by blaming the victims for inciting the shooting and making allegations that the protests had support from communist governments.
JFC, the amount of corruption, brutality, and violence perpetrated by EL PRI’s dictadura is disgusting.
Above:Armed gunmen shot from the apartment buildings down at the troops. The gunmen were government officials (from the army) dressed as civilians ordered to shoot down at the troops so that the soldiers would shoot back at the students.
Armed gunmen shot from the apartment buildings down at the troops. The gunmen were government officials (from the army) dressed as civilians ordered to shoot down at the troops so that the soldiers would shoot back at the students.
Hear the Radio Diaries audio documentary Mexico 68: a Movement, a Massacre and the 40 Year Search for Truth at www.radiodiaries.org
More info. on Tlatelolco Massacre:
LITEMPO: The CIA’s Eyes on Tlatelolco (The National Security Archive)
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It would take a family of three 328 years on welfare to receive the same amount of government assistance that Mitt Romney did at Bain. If Mitt Romney doesn’t care about entitled people looking for government kickbacks, Mitt Romney doesn’t care about Mitt Romney.
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With Halloween just around the corner (yay!!), I figured it was time to bring back this rad campaign from Ohio University.
There are endless cute, sexy, funny, even offensive costumes that don’t perpetuate racist stereotypes. There is really no excuse.
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She’s banning DREAMers from getting a driver’s license or state ID when getting a work permit. She just loves to kill everyone’s buzz.
If there was a law that permitted all people of getting a free sunflower, she would make sure those people were upper middle class and white.
#YOSOY132 AND THE MEXICAN ELECTIONS
On May 11, Peña Nieto came to speak at Ibero-American University, one of Mexico City’s most elite private colleges. Peña Nieto probably expected standing ovations and an adoring crowd. But instead he got a mob of angry students, holding banners and protesting the way he handled an indigenous uprising in Atenco when he was governor of the state—many people were murdered and women were raped by the police.
After his speech, a mob of students ran after him. After videos went up on Youtube, an Ibero professor went on the radio and said that the protesters weren’t students, but rather hired thugs who were paid to protest. This enraged the students. In response, they organized to make videos of themselves showing their university IDs and giving their names to prove that they had been smeared. They received videos from 131 students. Demonstrations followed, and other universities rose up in support. It went viral. A movement was born with the name #YoSoy132 (I am 132).
No one saw this coming. Not the politicians, not the media. What makes this movement different than the Occupy movement, or the Indignados in Spain or the Arab Spring, is that their main demand is media transparency. Their anger against Peña Nieto comes from the fact that he is a candidate made and manufactured by the mainstream media. Even if the PAN or PRD are able to pull off a wild upset this Sunday, #YoSoy132 wants to keep up the fight against the duopoly of Televisa and TV Azteca, which represent the status quo in Mexico—all neatly symbolized by Peña and the PRI.
This is a documentary about how #YoSoy132 started, told from the perspective of the Ibero students who lit the spark of the movement.
Racism in Israel: People Call Us Slaves
Nearly a month ago, the Israeli government launched the first in its series of mass deportations of African migrants. Since then, 200 South Sudanese have been airlifted to Juba, their refugee status having been rescinded by a Jerusalem Administrative Court decision on June 7. Recently, the deportation of immigrants from the Ivory Coast began.
About 62,000 migrants, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea, have come through the porous desert border with Egypt since 2006. Whilst humanitarian agencies claim their right to be recognized as refugees and to be considered for asylum, the Israeli government disputes the argument saying the vast majority are job seekers. The visas given to these migrants doesn’t allow them to work, making their lives very difficult.
In the Southern part of Tel-Aviv, Lewinsky Park has been turned into an open-air refugee camp with hundreds of residents.
Ibrahim explains, “I left Darfur because of the war; my village was assaulted, I didn’t have any other choice. I came to Israel seeking peace. I don’t know why they deny us working visas, so we spend the whole day waiting for somebody to offer us a job. Here the conditions are worse than in refugee camps in Chad where my family is.”
“People call us ‘Eved’ (slaves),” says Abdul-Aziz, “On public transportation, they don’t want to sit next to us; anyway, mostly we are not allowed to get on. So we try to save money to buy a bike. But even though, it’s not safe for us as cars try intentionally to knock us down sometimes.”
For most of them, returning home is not an option. Abdallah lost his dad and two brothers, his village was destroyed, the rest of his family lives in a refugee camp in Chad.
Bashir wants to go back, he cannot endure this situation any longer. (x)
(Photos by Eloise Bollack)
Ironic how the ‘holy land’ is causing so much pain to so many people.