By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
At least 5,000 Mexicans took to the streets on Saturday, Oct. 2, to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the bloody massacre of more than 300 unarmed civilians for the Mexican Army and the Olimpia Battalion paramilitary group at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Mexico City’s Tlatelolco neighborhood.
The massacre, often referred to as the “Noche de Tlatelolco” (“Night of Tlatelolco”), occurred 10 days before the opening ceremony of Mexico’s 1968 Olympics, which many Mexicans opposed.
As usual, the march this year began in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas and concluded in the capital’s Zócalo.
For the most part, the march was peaceful, except for isolated confrontations between hooded men and the capital’s police.
The Mexico City Government Secretariat, which deployed 1,100 officers to ensure the safety of the march, reported “a group of around 80 people with covered faces and dressed in black painted public furniture and business facades, broke windows, set fires, threw firecrackers and Molotov cocktails, and attacked elements of the SSC with hammers, stones and explosives.”
Five officers suffered minor injuries.