Tlatelolco and the long shadow of impunity

By Javier Zúñiga, Special Adviser to Amnesty International

It was starting to get dark as I was staring into the crowd from an avenue overlooking the square.

“The army! The army!” people began to shout from the nearby buildings. Then we saw small armoured vehicles and soldiers with rifles moving into the square. I took my little daughter and my wife out of there and we found shelter in a nearby building.

As we were leaving, a helicopter flew overhead and shot a flare. Then the gunfire started.

Early the next morning, we returned to the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Mexico City’s Tlatelolco area, and saw the piles of belts and shoes. Pools of blood remained on the ground and there were bullet holes at eye level on concrete pillars around the square.

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